Did you know alcohol is a drug? It is a depressant that affects the central nervous system and it can be just as harmful to you as illegal drugs. It affects virtually every organ in the body and chronic use can lead to numerous preventable diseases, including alcoholism. Today, alcohol is the most widely used and abused drug by teens.
Alcohol misuse can lead to the following short term effects: initially decreased blood pressure; it thins the blood; it can lead to impotence; overuse can lead to vomiting and unconsciousness.
Cirrhosis of the liver, mouth
and throat cancer, gastritis, pancreatic, weakened muscle fiber, memory
loss, alcohol dependence, and death.
- Needing a drink to start off the day
- Sneaking extra drinks, gulping drinks
- Making excuses for drinking
- Absenteeism from school and work
Teenagers can rapidly become addicted to
alcohol because a young person’s liver metabolizes alcohol faster than
an adult’s. Teens may build up a tolerance to the drug, needing more and
more alcohol to achieve the same effect.