Alcohol is the drug most often used by students in grades 7 to 12. It acts as a depressant or downer. Children and youth are more likely to be harmed by drinking alcohol.
Effects of alcohol on youth
Some of the effects alcohol has on youth include:
- Dependency on alcohol later in life. Children and youth who drink alcohol at an early age are more likely to have trouble with alcohol later on.
- Harm to normal brain development, memory loss or cognitive thinking or understanding. Alcohol is linked to depression, anxiety and mood disorders.
- Poor decisions and risky behaviours such as driving a car after drinking alcohol, driving with someone who has been drinking alcohol, taking risks with sex or binge drinking (drinking five or more drinks at one time).
- Violent and aggressive behaviour, which leads to social problems and/or sexual or physical violence.
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