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The younger someone starts drinking, and the greater the intensity and frequency of consumption, the greater the risk of using other drugs.
Research shows that the longer a child's use of alcohol can be delayed, the likelihood of his becoming a problem drinker or even a drunk driver is significantly decreased. Almost half of the children who begin drinking at age 13 will have a dependency problem or become alcoholics. Only 10 percent of those who wait until age 21 to drink will have an alcohol dependency problem.
Why do we need to help young people deal with these issues?
More 12 to 17 year olds name drugs as the most important problem they face (more than violence, crime, social pressures or any other issues).
Alcohol is the most frequently used substance by young people. They say drinking, using illegal drugs and using tobacco use make them feel grown up, help them relax, or help them rebel.
Students should know that...
Alcohol and Pregnancy
People who are drinking are more likely to let their feelings control their actions. They might take risks they would not normally take. They might believe that having sex just once is okay. A person who has been drinking is more likely to pressure someone else into having sex, or to give in to pressures of having sex.
Think about this...
Not drinking and not getting into an intimate situation with someone who has been drinking will help you to make the best choice.
Do you want a pregnancy at this time in your life?
Do you know the risks of venereal disease and even HIV?
Babies exposed to alcohol in the womb can miscarry, be born premature, and have permanent problems like birth defects and mental retardation.
Do you know a child who is drinking or using illegal drugs? Do they exhibit the following signs?
Falling gradesIf you note a sudden or dramatic change in a child's behavior, seek professional help immediately.
Little concern about personal hygiene
Decrease in appetite
Communication problems/Secretive behavior
Reddened eyes/small pupils
Blackouts or dizziness
Disappearance of money
What can we do to prevent underage drinking?
Always set a good example. Be a good role model, and encourage good role models. Be approachable and stay involved and interested in this child's life.
Talk openly sharing facts and not using scare tactics.
Have clear rules and remind young people of the laws.