Student Life

Teen drug and alcohol abuse

Teens 12-17 who drink alcohol are likely to be aggressive, criminal, and have suicidal behaviors. Underage drinking is dangerous, illegal, and is not tolerated. 78 percent of U.S. teens have consumed alcohol and 47 percent of the group has had 12 or more drinks in the past year. Alcohol increases your risk for cancer and other deadly diseases. Drinking too much too quickly can lead to alcohol poisoning which can kill you. Drinking has been a direct cause to many middle and high school fights. When you drink alcohol it can make you act silly and do things you wouldn’t normally do. On an average, it takes about 2 or 3 hours for alcohol to wear of from the body and nothing can speed it up.

When teens use marijuana it is more likely for them to have poor education, and less athletic ability. Marijuana also affects your mental health. It can lead to hallucinations causing you to hear and see things that are’nt there. Marijuana is a big addiction, teens who use it tend to not be able to stop. Marijuana can lead to withdraw syndrome. Teens that use it can have sleep problems and weight loss effects if they stop. Teens that use Marijuana are at risk of injuring their lungs at a young age. They can have the same breathing problem as those who smoke tobacco. They can easily get chest colds, coughs, and bronchitis.

Sources:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57408679-10391704/survey-reveals-shocking-levels-of-teen-drinking-drug-abuse/

http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana

http://toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov/teens/facts/myths.aspx

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