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Alcohol & it Effects After you drink an alcoholic beverage like beer or wine, the alcohol enters your bloodstream from your stomach and small intestine From there it travels to your brain resulting in the following: Slow reaction time Less coordinated Impairs your vision Even at low doses, leads to unclear thinking and problems making good judgments
Facts & Stats Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking Number of alcoholic liver disease deaths: 14,406 28 % of female students & 27 % of male students say they rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol one or more times Binge drinking at least once during the 2 weeks before the survey was reported by 16 percent of 8th graders
Risk Factors Addiction About 18 million adults are addicted to alcohol About half of U.S. teens who start drinking alcohol before age 14 will be addicted to it at some point
Risk Factors Children of alcoholics are significantly more likely than children of nonalcoholics to initiate drinking during adolescence and to develop alcoholism Suicidal Behavior. Alcohol use among adolescents has been associated with considering, planning, attempting, and completing suicide In one study, 37 percent of eighth-grade females who drank heavily reported attempting suicide, compared with 11 percent who did not drink **Research does not indicate whether drinking causes suicidal behavior, only that the two behaviors are correlated**
Binge Drinking Binge drinking is associated with many health problems, including— Unintentional injuries (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns, drowning). Intentional injuries (e.g., firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence). Alcohol poisoning. Sexually transmitted diseases. Unintended pregnancy. Liver disease. Neurological damage. Poor control of diabetes.
Friends & Family Parents' drinking behavior and favorable attitudes about drinking have been positively associated with adolescents' initiating and continuing drinking. Early start of drinking has been identified as an important risk factor for later alcohol-related problems Children who were warned about alcohol by their parents and children who reported being closer to their parents were less likely to start drinking Peer drinking and peer acceptance of drinking have been associated with adolescent drinking
“Times are changing” changin” http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/yrbs/pdf/us_alcohol_trend_yr bs.pdf