Teen Health on Alcohol

Liz Keddie, Megan McManus, and Mackenzie Bross

Alcohol and How It Affects YOUR Body

Alcohol is made up of fermented grains, vegetables, and fruits. It slows down the function of the central nervous system, which means it is a depressant drug. Alcohol changes a persons vision, hearing, emotions, hearing, and perceptions. Not only does it change these factors, when consumed alcohol can make a person feel more relaxed. The more you drink greater changes in the brain occur, leading to intoxication. Everyone's reaction to this is different. It may make one person angry and the other person happy. People who are intoxicated may feel like they are feeling fine and moving fine, but in reality they are not. This is why you should never drink and drive. When a great amount of alcohol is consumed in a short period of time it is known as alcohol poisoning. Death can occur due to the poisoning.

Why TEENS Drink

Teens drink due to curiosity, to feel older, and to feel good, relax and reduce stress. Many parents also drink, which makes kids start thinking from a very young age that drinking is safe and okay to do.
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Worried About SOMEONE ELSE'S Drinking

Feeling depressed, angry, and scared are common emotions of someone who's family member struggles with drinking. Some people can not control how much they drink, this does not make them love you any less. Alcoholism is an illness that needs to be treated just like any other illness. Loved ones may feel hopeless until their loved one admits to they have a problem that needs help. Alateen is an organization can help you if you are struggling with a parent/loved one with alcoholism. You can also reach out to older siblings, other family members, or a guidance counselor to help you cope with what you are going through. Don't let your friend that has been drinking drive, even if they are your ride home. Ask a sober friend or call an adult to come get you to drive the both of you home safely. It is possible to "be the life of the party" without any alcohol is your system!
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