Top Ten Dangers of Teen Drinking
- Alcohol can cause car crashesand other deadly accidents.
- Alcohol makes some people become violent.
- Alcohol can make good kids make really bad decisions.
- Alcohol can damage the developing brainby killing off brain cells.
- Alcohol can hurt your liver, which you need to clean your blood.
- Alcohol can make you feel really depressedand sad, and even become suicidal.
- Alcohol is illegal.
- Young people who drink are more likely to experimentwith other drugs.
- Alcohol can lead to sexual assaultsand unplanned pregnancy.
- Kids who start drinking before age 15 are 4 times more likely to develop alcoholismthan someone who waits until they are 21 before they start.
- In the United States, 70.8% of all deaths among youth and young adults aged 10-24 result from only four causes: motor vehicle crashes (32.3%), other unintentional injuries (11.7%), homicides (15.1%), and suicides (11.7%).
- 30% of all students nationwide had ridden in a car or other vehicle one or more times during the last 30 days with a driver who had been drinking alcohol (YRBSS, 2004).
- 20% of 12th graders nationwide have driven after drinking alcohol (YRBSS, 2004)
- A recent survey reports that during the past 30 days, 47% of adolescents age 10-24 reported drinking. And 30% reported binge drinking. Drug and alcohol use by teens increases the risk of addiction and can change the developing brain for life.