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October Tips of the Month: Tips for Teens About Alcohol

Over 30% of teenagers aged 14-17 have used alcohol and other drugs and paid the consequences: arrests, highway crashes, DWIs, health problems, and impaired school and job performance. A significant number of these teens have determined that they are alcoholics and are getting help through Alcoholics Anonymous.

Long-term effects of heavy alcohol use include loss of appetite, vitamin deficiencies, stomach aliments, skin problems, sexual impotence, and liver damage. People who are shy in social situations, who turn to alcohol to loosen up frequently end up making fools of themselves and doing things that they later regret. Alcohol blocks the messages going to your brain and alters your perceptions and emotions, vision, hearing and coordination. Drinking can cause serious injuries and death.

Alcoholism is a disease, just like diabetes or high blood pressure. It can make people do things that later bring remorse or embarrassment. Having the disease is nothing to be ashamed of.

If you or someone you know has a problem with drinking there is help available. Talk to a school counselor, a friend or a parent.

 

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