It's no secret that underage drinking is a problem among teens. Even though the legal drinking age in the United States is 21, almost 80 percent of high school students have tried alcohol. You may be tempted to try alcohol because you're curious about it and would like to feel older or fit in. But it's important to know that there are serious consequences to underage drinking. You should make the decision whether to drink alcohol or not after you are 21.Why shouldn't I drink?
Teens who drink alcohol are more likely to experience:
About 5,000 people under 21 die every year because of underage drinking—from crashes, homicides and suicides. Did you know that car crashes are the leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 20? These deaths can be caused by drinking and driving.
If you or your friends have been drinking—say, at a party—it's important that everyone stays safe. Sometimes it's hard to go against the group. But the last thing we want to do is see our friends get hurt, arrested or even killed. So, what can you do?
Here are some ideas:
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When you get high on drugs, you can lose self-control and do things that you wish you never did. Drugs are chemicals or substances that can affect your brain and body. Drugs may either intensify or dull your senses. They can be addicting, are against the law, and they can kill you.
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