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What are the effects of drinking?

bulletGeneral
Drinking (even small quantities) can affect your mood and your thinking. This can cause you to hurt others, get you into legal trouble, and damage your relationships. You can also harm your body now and when you grow up and also get you addicted.

bulletDeath
Each year, an estimated 5,000 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol related injuries. Alcohol is a factor in about 4 out of every 10 deaths from car crashes, drownings, burns, falls and other unintentional injuries.

bulletAddiction
The younger you are when you start drinking, the greater your chance of becoming addicted to alcohol at some point in your life. More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15
eventually become alcoholic.

bulletThinking Problems
Your brain is still developing throughout the teen years. New research on teens with alcohol disorders shows that heavy drinking in the teen years can cause long-lasting harm to thinking abilities.

bulletArrest
Drinking under age 21 is against the law. Penalties can include not getting a drivers license on time, having the license removed for driving with any trace of alcohol in the body, losing a job, and losing a college scholarship.

bulletMoney
Alcohol costs, and soon you will be spending all your pocket money on it. Your friends will be saving to go on holidays, to buy books and other important things, and you? Broken!

bulletAcute Effects
In low doses, euphoria, mild stimulation, relaxation, lowered inhibitions; in higher doses, drowsiness, slurred speech, nausea, emotional volatility, loss of coordination, visual distortions, impaired memory, sexual dysfunction, loss of consciousness.

bulletHealth Risks
Increased risk of injuries, violence, fetal damage (in pregnant women), depression, neurologic deficits, hypertension, liver and heart disease, addiction andfatal overdose.

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