"We need to talk to young people about drugs and make sure they understand that drugs are dangerous, addictive substances."

John P. Walters

Underage drinking

    Alcohol effects are serious to everyone’s health especially that of people under the age of 21. Underage drinking has very serious effects on your brain. Did you know that other than years 0-3, the teenage years are the most critical years for brain development? Since that is the case, when you drink, you disturb and essentially stop brain development (all those neurotransmitters in your brain go AWOL). That diminishes brain capacity, your ability to retain information, concentrate and learn. As if things weren't already stressful for you!

Underage drinking not only harms your brain but it is illegal for a minor to have any alcohol content in their system (but you already knew that). There are many reasons for why some teens drink alcohol such as wanting to fit in, forgetting problems, peer pressure, to relax, partying, and relieving stress. By the way, drinking does affect your judgment, which means you could get in a situation you hadn't planned on or wake up somewhere you are unfamiliar with. When teens drink they are more at risk of developing a Mental Illness such as Anxiety and Depression and since alcohol is a depressant, if you are already feeling down, it will make you feel worse. Not to mention how you will feel the next day.