The risks of alcohol


Katia Howell

     Teen drinking isn’t a very good choice to make. Research shows that the teenage brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 25. When you drink alcohol before the legal age, you can alter this development. When you alter your brain like that you are potentially affecting your brain structure and function. 

     When you drink before the age of 15 you are four times more likely to become an alcoholic. Some of the signs of alcoholism are-

  • Drinking more than intended or planned
  • Failing to do obligations at school, work or home
  • Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Becoming dishonest, aggressive, moody, or temperamental
  • Craving alcohol

Some physical signs are-

  • Rapid weight gain or loss
  • Low energy 
  • Slow or staggering walk 
  • Glazed or red eyes
  • Inability to sleep or stay awake

     When you drink you are at a risk of drinking and driving. Drinking and driving puts not only you but anyone else   who may be in the vehicle with you. Alcohol is a depressant so when you drink it you are making yourself depressed. 

     There are many reasons someone may drink one of the reasons is that you may want to numb the pain of something or our are depressed. Since alcohol is a depressant and you drink it because you are depressed then you are just making your even more depressed. So if you want to drink just wait until you’re 21 and have studied the risks of drinking.