POY Teen Handbook - English


Even one night of drinking can have life-changing consequences. It’s not something anybody wants to think about, much less experience. But the reality is more young people suffer injuries and die from alcohol-related incidents than from all other illegal drugs combined.

In fact two-thirds of underage drinking teen deaths do not involve car crashes. Here are some life changing consequences to consider:

Unwanted sex and pregnancy. Teens who drink are more likely to get into risky or dangerous sexual situations. Alcohol takes away the ability to make safe and healthy choices, or protect yourself from unsafe sex, sexual assault, date rape and unplanned pregnancies. Alcoholism. Teens who start drinking at age 15 or 16 are five times more likely to become alcohol dependent than adults who started drinking after age 21. Drowning, fires and falls. Alcohol impairment can result in serious injuries that can even lead to death. Alcohol poisoning. Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning where someone passes out and never wakes up, or chokes on vomit.

You have the power to take a stand & protect yourself!


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