Under 21 Years Of Age

What happens when you drink and smoke

Underage Drinking

Each year approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 as a result of underage drinking: this includes motor vehicles crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide and as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns and drowning's ( 1-5)

Liver Effects - Elevated liver enzymes, indicating some degree of liver damage, have been found in some adolescents who drink, young drinkers who overweight or obese showed elevated liver enzymes

Brain Effects - Scientists currently are examining just how alcohol affects the developing brain, but it’s a difficult task. Subtle changes in the brain may be difficult to detect but still have a significant impact on long-term thinking and memory skills. Add to this the fact that adolescent brains are still maturing, and the study of alcohol’s effects becomes even more complex. Research has shown that animals fed alcohol during this critical developmental stage continue to show long-lasting impairment from alcohol as they age