What can your community do about underage drinking?

Part 7 of Community Guide to Underage Drinking. While many teens drink, underage alcohol use is not inevitable. It will take everyone in the community to make change happen. All of us can help change attitudes about teen drinking and help replace environments that enable underage alcohol use with environments that discourage it. After all, […]

Solve Underage Drinking

Part 6 of Community Guide to Underage Drinking. Underage drinking can affect anyone, including people who don’t drink. Underage alcohol use can lead to dangerous behavior, property damage, and violence. The results can be injury and even death for the drinker, and for other people nearby. About 45% of people who die in car crashes […]

Risks of Underage Drinking

Part 5 of Community Guide to Underage Drinking. Underage Drinking Is a major cause of death from injuries among young people. 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 motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from […]

What’s the problem with underage drinking?

Part 4 of Community Guide to Underage Drinking. So many young people drink. Many more young people use alcohol than tobacco or illegal drugs. By age 18, more than 70% of teens have had at least one drink. When young people drink, they drink a lot at one time. Teens drink less often than adults. […]

What is “a drink”?

Part 3 of Community Guide to Underage Drinking. A drink can come in many forms. It can be a shot of hard liquor or a mixed drink containing vodka, rum, tequila, gin, scotch, etc. It can also be wine, a wine cooler, beer, or malt liquor. A standard drink is any drink that contains about […]

Facts about Underage Drinking

Part 2 of Community Guide to Underage Drinking. As young people grow older, the chance that they will use alcohol grows. About 10% of 12-year-olds say they have used alcohol at least one time. That number doubles by age 13. And by age 15, approximately 50% have had at least one drink. Alcohol dependence is […]

What Is Underage Drinking?

Part 1 of Community Guide to Underage Drinking. Drinking alcohol can harm the growing body and brain. That’s why it’s important for young people to grow up alcohol-free. And it takes every adult in the community to help young people choose not to drink alcohol. It takes you and your help. What Is Underage Drinking? […]

Schizophrenia and substance abuse

Part 5 of Schizophrenia. Some people who abuse drugs show symptoms similar to those of schizophrenia, and people with schizophrenia may be mistaken for people who are high on drugs. While most researchers do not believe that substance abuse causes schizophrenia, people who have schizophrenia abuse alcohol and/or drugs more often than the general population. […]

12 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Part 8 of Healthy Sleep Guide. Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up the same time each day. As creatures of habit, people have a hard time adjusting to altered sleep patterns. Sleeping later on weekends won’t fully make up for the lack of sleep during the week and will make […]