Truth About Alcohol
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Get the Facts…
Alcohol affects your
Drinking alcohol leads to a loss of coordination, poor judgment, slowed
reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses, and even blackouts.
Alcohol affects your
Alcohol can damage every organ in your body. It is absorbed directly into your
bloodstream and can increase your risk for a variety of life-threatening
diseases, including cancer.
Alcohol affects your
Alcohol depresses your central nervous system, lowers your inhibitions, and
impairs your judgment. Drinking can lead to risky behaviors, such as driving
when you shouldn’t, or having unprotected sex.
Alcohol can kill you.
Drinking large amounts of alcohol at one time or very rapidly can cause
alcohol poisoning, which can lead to coma or even death. Driving and drinking
also can be deadly. In 2002, 29 percent of drivers age 15 to 20 who died in
traffic accidents had been drinking alcohol. (U.S. Department of
Alcohol can hurt
you--even if you're not the one drinking.
If you're around
people who are drinking, you have an increased risk of being seriously
injured, involved in car crashes, or affected by violence. At the very least,
you may have to deal with people who are sick, out of control, or unable to
take care of themselves.
Before you risk it…
Know the law.
It is illegal to buy or possess alcohol if you are under age 21.
Get the facts.
One drink can make you fail a breath test. In some States, people under age 21
can lose their driver's license, be subject to a heavy fine, or have their car
permanently taken away.
"Binge" drinking means having five or more drinks on one occasion. Studies
show that more than 35 percent of adults with an alcohol problem developed
symptoms--such as binge drinking--by age 19. (Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration, 2002)
Know the risks.
Alcohol is a drug. Mixing it with any other drug can be extremely dangerous.
Alcohol and acetaminophen--a common ingredient in OTC pain and fever
reducers--can damage your liver. Alcohol mixed with other drugs can cause
nausea, vomiting, fainting, heart problems, and difficulty breathing.
(National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2003.) Mixing alcohol and
drugs also can lead to coma and death.
Keep your edge.
Alcohol is a depressant, or downer, because it reduces brain activity. If you
are depressed before you start drinking, alcohol can make you feel worse.
Look around you.
Most teens aren't drinking alcohol. Research shows that 71 percent of people
12-20 haven't had a drink in the past month. (National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism, 2003.)
Know the signs…
How can you tell if a
friend has a drinking problem?
Sometimes it's tough to tell. But there are signs you can look for. If your
friend has one or more of the following warning signs, he or she may have a
problem with alcohol:
Getting drunk on a regular basis
Lying about how much alcohol he or she is using
Believing that alcohol is necessary to have fun
Having frequent hangovers
Feeling run-down, depressed, or even suicidal
Having "blackouts" («быть
what he or she did while drinking
What can you do to
help someone who has a drinking problem?
Be a real friend. You might even save a life. Encourage your friend to stop or
seek professional help.
Q. Aren't beer and
wine "safer" than liquor?
No. One 12-ounce bottle of beer or a 5-ounce glass of wine (about a half-cup)
has as much alcohol as a 1.5-ounce shot of liquor. Alcohol can make you drunk
and cause you problems no matter how you consume it.
Q. Why can't teens
drink if their parents can?
A. The brains and
bodies of teens are still developing, and alcohol use can cause learning
problems, or make adult alcoholism more likely. People who begin drinking
before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who
begin at age 21.( National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2003.)
Q. How can I say no to
alcohol? I'm afraid I won't fit in.
It's easier to refuse than you think. Try: "No thanks," "I don't drink," or
"I'm not interested." Remember that the majority of teens don't drink alcohol.
You're in good company when you're one of them.
About Alcohol For Teens
time to confront some of the lies about alcohol. You've probably heard them
all. So, why waste our time trying to de-bunk a bunch of harmless myths?
Because they can be pretty fierce.
You may want to say no
to your friends, but it's tough. And all these myths are just out there. You
have heard all kinds of stuff, but this is the real story. And the next time
some loser tries these lines on you, you'll know your stuff.
Alcohol gives you energy.
Nope. It's a
depressant. It slows down your ability to think, speak, move and all that
other stuff you like to do.
Switching between beer, wine and liquor will make you more drunk than
sticking to one type of alcohol.
Whatever! Your blood
alcohol content (BAC - the percent of alcohol in your blood) is what
determines how drunk you are. Not the flavors you selected. Alcohol is
You'll get drunk a lot quicker with hard liquor than with a beer or wine
Did we mention that
alcohol is alcohol?
Everybody reacts the same to alcohol.
Not hardly. There are
dozens of factors that affect reactions to alcohol - body weight, time of day,
how you feel mentally, body chemistry, your expectations, and the list goes on
A cold shower or a cup of coffee will sober someone up.
Not on your life.
Nothing sobers you up but time. With coffee, you're simply a wide-awake drunk!
It's just beer. It can't permanently damage you.
Large amounts of
alcohol can do major damage to your digestive system. You can hurt your heart,
liver, stomach, and several other critical organs as well as losing years from
It's none of my business if a friend is drinking too much.
If you are a real
friend, it is your business. You can't make someone change but you can be
honest. Maybe they'll listen. You might even talk them into getting help.
The worst thing that can happen is a raging hangover. (мучительное
Sorry. If you drink
enough alcohol, fast enough, you can get an amount in your body that can kill
you in only a few hours.
Drugs are a bigger problem than alcohol.
Alcohol kills 6.5
times the number of people killed by cocaine, heroin, and every other illegal
drug combined. Ten million Americans are addicted to alcohol. Alcohol is the
No. 1 drug problem of today's youth.
Alcohol makes you more sexy.
The more you drink,
the less you think. Alcohol may loosen you up and make someone more interested
in sex, but it interferes with the body's ability to perform. And then there's
pregnancy, AIDS (СПИД),
sexual assault (изнасилование),
car crashes and worse, to worry about. Not sexy at all.
People who drink too much only hurt themselves.
Every person who
drinks has a mother, grandfather, sister, aunt, best friend, boyfriend or
girlfriend who worries about them. Each of the 12 million problem drinkers in
this country affects four other people.
Don't Drink And Drive
Close to the door he
paused to stand
as he took his
class ring* off her hand.
All who were watching
did not speak
as a silent tear ran
down his cheek.
And through his mind
the memories ran
of the moments they
walked and laughed in the sand.
But now her eyes were
so terrible cold
for he would never
again have her to hold.
They watched in
silence as he bent near
and whispered the
"I love you" in her
He touched her face
and started to cry
as he put on his ring
and wanted to die.
And just then the wind
began to blow
as they lowered her
casket into the snow....
This is what happens
to man alive....
when friends let
Drink and Drive
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