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Underage alcohol use can impair the development of the parts of your brain that control memory, emotional regulation, learning, and decision making. On average, young people have about 5 drinks on a single occasion. This is called binge drinking, a very dangerous way of drinking that can lead to serious problems and even death.

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Myths & Facts



There is no reason to wait until you're 21 to drink alcohol.


People who begin drinking before age 15 are 3.5 times more likely to develop a drinking problem at some point in their lives than those who begin drinking at age 21 or older.


Drinking alcohol isn’t as risky as other drugs.


Drinking alcohol can cause you to make poor decisions and engage in risky/harmful behavior that can result in a variety of serious consequences such as injuries, sexual assault, legal trouble, and even death.

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You need to drink alcohol in order to “fit in”.


Research shows that the majority of young people don’t drink alcohol! Besides, drinking alcohol can make you puke, stumble around, or pass out. That’s not definitely not going to help you fit in with your peers.

Alcohol Fact Sheet for Parents & Caregivers
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