Teen Drinking
Thursday, February 5, 2009

How old were you when someone tempted you with your first drink? What about someone saying “Don’t worry, just have one little sip?” Most people have their first drink by the time they’re 13 and that first drink can be the start of a troubled life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses teen drinking in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

Alcohol is a drug and you can become addicted to it. Alcohol changes the way your mind and your body work. Even one beer can slow your reactions and confuse your thinking.

Alcohol also changes the way you act. It can make you let go of the feelings that keep you from doing things you know are risky or dangerous. This can lead you to make bad decisions.

Alcohol can ruin your health. The more you drink, the more damage is done. You can get alcohol poisoning if you drink too much. As the level of alcohol in your blood rises, the chemicals in your body can cause vomiting or seizures, or you may pass out. Alcohol can be detrimental to your academic and athletic performance.

You may be facing pressure from your friends who drink, you may be stressed out, or you may think that drinking will make you popular. Whatever your reasons, remember that alcohol can harm your body. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation and need help saying no, get the support you need. Talk to your family doctor or another adult you trust.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.