Alcohol Facts

Teen alcohol useIf a teen starts to drink at 15, he or she has a 40% chance of alcohol related dependencies as an adult.

  • Alcohol is implicated in the top 3 causes of teen deaths: accidents (including traffic fatalities and drowning), homicide and suicide

  • More than 67% of young people who start drinking before the age of 15 will try an illicit drug

  • Alcohol can affect the natural development of the teen brain. Especially memory, motor skills, and coordination

  • 1 out of 2 8th graders have tried alcohol

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol / Drug Use

  • bloodshot-eye-teen-boyNegative changes in schoolwork, missing school or declining grades
  • Increased secrecy about possessions or activities
  • Changes in friends, mood, attitude, energy levels, sleeping habits, or unusual temper or outbursts
  • Evidence of drug paraphernalia such as pipes, rolling papers, etc.
  • Evidence of using inhalant products (such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, common household products); bottles of eye drops, which may be used to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils
  • New use of mouthwash or breath mints to cover up the smell of alcohol

Information on Alcohol Poisoning

Teen drinking alcoholAlcohol poisoning, once occurred, cannot be reversed with stomach pumping as the alcohol quickly absorbs into a person’s blood and brain. The key indicator is that the person, although appearing asleep, cannot be roused. A person in normal sleep can be awakened. A person suffering from alcohol poisoning cannot.

For more information on alcohol poisoning, click on Shelby’s Rules-An Alcohol Poisoning & Education

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