Alcohol is the
number one drug of choice for teenagers. Alcohol-related car
crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in the United
States. Alcohol is the number one drug problem in America.
If you think it can't
happen to you, look around. Check your school's yearbooks for the last
ten years. How many have been dedicated to a student who was killed in
a drunk driving crash? Ask your friends how many people they know that
have had bad things happen to them when they were drinking. You don't
even have to be the one doing the drinking. Most teenage passenger
deaths are the result of alcohol-impaired teenage drivers. No matter
what the situation, drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal.
You see double,
speech slurs, you lose your sense of distance.
proportion of violent crimes and vandalism among and by youth
Using alcohol can
cost you your freedom. You can be grounded by parents, lose your
driver's license, or even end up in jail.
You can get sick or die of alcohol
Poor grades can be a result of alcohol
Be Aware of
Take a good look at
how the alcohol industry is trying to convince people to use their
Wine coolers are
displayed in stores next to fruit drinks. Maybe they don't think
you'll notice the difference between a fruit drink and one with
of beer and other alcoholic beverages are slipped into the movies
you watch. They think if you see your favorite actor drinking it,
you will too.
The models on the
beer commercials are always young, fit, and beautiful. But alcohol
has plenty of calories and little nutritional value. Drinking it
will not make you more fit or attractive.
feature celebrities and sports figures. But drinking will not make
you famous or athletic.
advertisers are now trying to be more responsible by telling you not
to drink and drive. But drunk driving is not the only way alcohol
can affect your life.
you won't stop and think when you see their ads. Don't be conned.
Use your best judgment and learn the facts.
Some More Facts
The earlier young
people start drinking and using drugs, the more likely they are to
taking a cold shower, or breathing fresh air will not sober you up.
The only thing that sobers you up is time–at least several hours.
One beer, one
shot of whiskey, and one glass of wine all have the same amount of
alcohol. Don't fall for the notion that beer and wine are less
intoxicating than hard liquors.
Only 3 to 5
percent of alcoholics are what we think of as bums. Most alcoholics
are just like the people you know. Anyone can become an alcoholic
-- young, old, rich, poor, married, single, employed, or out of
does not quench your thirst; it causes dehydration.
interferes with your central nervous system. You lose balance,
coordination, and judgment.
Alcohol ages and
damages the brain.
people die in alcohol-related crashes every day.
Teens who drink
alcohol are 7.5 times more likely to use any illicit drug, and 50
times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink
You are breaking
the law by buying or using alcohol before you are 21 years old.
Make a pledge
with your friends that you will help each other avoid alcohol and
other drugs. Leave parties where kids are drinking or taking drugs.
If a friend or
someone you know has passed out from drinking too much alcohol, turn
the person on his or her side and call 911. Too much alcohol can
cause the central nervous system, which controls breathing, to shut
down. Death can result.
Don’t ride with
someone who has been drinking. Call a taxi, your parents, or
another relative or friend for a ride.
you think has a drinking problem to get help. Go with them to
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or to meet with a counselor.
Write ads for
your school newspaper that make people aware of advertising
If you belong to
any club or other youth group, suggest that its members organize an
anti-drinking project such as an alcohol-free post-prom, graduation,
or New Years Eve party.
presentation to your school's PTA meeting about how teachers and
parents can help kids avoid drugs and alcohol.
Ask for help if
someone is pressuring you to try alcohol or other drugs. Talk to
someone you trust.
If you have any
questions, please contact
Deputy John Peck (818) 878-5505.