Underage Drinking

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What is it?

  • When anyone under the legal age of 21 consumes any alcoholic beverage

Statistics as of 2011

  • 39% drank some amount of alcohol
  • 22% drank wanting to get drunk
  • 8% drove after drinking
  • 24% rode with a driver who had been drinking

Consequences

  1. School problems like failing grades and skipping school
  2. Social problems such as fighting
  3. Legal problems such as hurting someone while driving drunk
  4. Physical problems like hangovers and sickness
  5. Alcohol related injuries and car crashes

Time to Stop

  • Tell people you know that you want to stop
  • Avoid situations where you would want to drink
  • Give up drinking altogether, or gradually reduce drinking
  • Benefit from the rewards of living without alcohol

Withdrawl

  • Be prepared for withdrawal symptoms such as: poor concentration, being tired, difficulty sleeping or bad dreams, feeling shaky, and being annoyed easily, as these are all normal
  • Any physical withdrawal symptom such as: sweating, nausea, headache, and vomiting are signs of heavy drinking
  • Withdrawal symptoms like: confusion, fever, and hallucinations should be reported immediately to your doctor

Help

US Department of Health and Human Services- (1-800-662-4357)
Drug or Alcohol Recovery Helpline- (1-888-299-5213)