Alcohol is a depressant that comes from organic sources including grapes, grains and berries, when fermented or are distilled into a liquid.
The active component of any alcoholic drink is ethanol.
Alcohol kills more youth than all other drugs combined. It is a factor in the three leading causes of death among 15-to 24- year-olds: accidents, homicides and suicides.
Youth who drink are 7.5 times more likely to use other illegal drugs and fifty times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink
A young person’s body cannot cope with alcohol the same way an adult’s can.
Drinking while young can lead to lifelong damage in brain function, particularly as it relates to memory, motor skills (ability to move) and coordination.
Poisoning occurs when a person drinks a large quantity of alcohol in a short amount of time.
Long Term Effects of Alcohol
Unintentional injuries such as car crash, falls, burns, drowning
Intentional injuries such as firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence
Increased on-the-job injuries and loss of productivity
Increased family problems, broken relationships
Permanent damage to the brain