Alcohol Discussion

Alcohol is a depressant that affects every part of your body. The damage it does now can impact the rest of your life.

Drink, booze, brew, hooch, moonshine

Alcohol is a depressant derived from the natural fermentation of fruits, vegetables and grains. These are brewed and distilled into a wide range of beverages with various alcohol contents.

You may hear that it will loosen you up and help you relax. What you may not hear is that it can damage the part of your brain that controls coordination, memory, judgment and decision-making.  Straight up, drinking makes you dumber—you may slur your words and lose coordination, and your reactions will become slower.

If you drink a lot and drink fast (binge drinking) you really put yourself in danger. With binge drinking, the depressant (or dumbing) effects of alcohol can overwhelm the body’s defenses. Unable to move and think clearly, you can do stupid, risky and reckless things that are unsafe, or even lethal. Each year, approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking. This includes about 1,900 deaths from car accidents, 1,600 homicides, 300 suicides, and hundreds of other deaths due to accidents like falls, burns and drownings. 

Alcohol travels through your bloodstream and damages your brain, stomach, liver, kidneys and muscles. As a teenager, your body is still developing, so damage done to it now will affect the rest of your life.   Over time, drinking destroys your body and your looks, so that all of that work you've done to look good, keep strong and stay fit goes down the drain fast.


Yes, it’s legal for people 21 and older. One reason is that alcohol can have seriously dangerous, long-term impacts on a body and brain that are still developing. Also, statistics show that more teens are killed by alcohol than by all illegal drugs combined.


The pressure drops when you keep track of the facts.

Teens who abuse alcohol can develop smaller frontal lobes. This part of the brain oversees
emotions, personality, motor function, problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language,
and more.

Alcohol can shrink the hippocampus, the brain area that helps with learning and memory.

Almost half of people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become an alcoholic.

Studies show that emergency rooms get over 500 underage drinking-related emergency
room visits every day.

The numbers are dropping: Over the last 5 years, teen alcohol abuse has been on the way

In the U.S. alone, about 5,000 people under age 21 die each year from injuries caused by
underage drinking.

Answer this:  Does peer pressure exist about drinking?