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Minors are more likely to become dependent on alcohol
Why do teens drink?
Belief that it's rewarding
Effects of Teen Drinking
Long Term Effects
Behavior and Relationships
Teenagers are much more sensitive to alcoholic effects on brain function
May become damaged enough to lose function
Alcoholic Liver Disease
Alcohol can lead to pancreatitis
Consumption causes the kidneys to work harder in order to remove toxins
Numbness in arms & legs, "pins & needles"
Muscle weakness, cramps, and aches
The consumption of alcohol by teens is a serious problem in today’s society.
How can we help?
• Creates anti-social behavior and poor self-control
• As teens mature, peer relationships become more important
• Family members may increase the risk of underage use
Mental & Emotional
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Heavy Drinking without Mental Illness
Affects brain function
Development of many mental disorders
Psychiatric signs after heavy drinking
Symptoms include sadness or difficulty concentrating
Alcohol affects serotonin levels in the brain