POY Teen Handbook - English


Teen drinking is a bigger deal than you might think. The law says it’s illegal to drink under the age of 21 ; and it’s illegal for someone under 21 to drive after drinking any amount of alcohol. Imagine being arrested for underage drinking. Now think about the embarrassment and disappointment from your friends, family, and even yourself. Add that to a list of other consequences impacting your home and school life. Here are some examples:

Legal & Financial

Social & School

• Losing your license • Losing your after-school job • Public embarrassment (arrests are typically reported in the newspaper!) • Expensive legal fees • Causing your parents to lose time at work and money • Causing your parents’ car insurance rates to increase • Jail time

• Public embarrassment (this time posted on social media!) • Bad grades • Not being admitted to the college you want or losing a scholarship • Being kicked off a sports team or out of a school club

Did you know high school students who drink alcohol or use drugs are five times more likely than other students to drop out of school?


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