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Alcohol Facts

  • Three out of four Palm Beach County middle and high school students are alcohol-free. (2014 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, Palm Beach County Report)
  • More than 7 out of 10 students nationwide (12-17years) are alcohol free (www.toosmarttostart.gov).
  • 9 out of 10 American teens report that drinking is not worth the consequences it can cause (http://www.dosomething.org).
  • For youth between 12 to 17 years old, 84.1%, or more than four out of five students, did not use alcohol (Office of the Surgeon General, (2007).
  • Your brain develops until your mid-twenties. Alcohol affects your brain’s memory, decision making, and its ability to control coordination and impulses (www.stopalcoholabuse.gov).
  • Drinking alcohol can cause learning and memory problems (www.abovetheinfluence.com).
  • Alcohol is the #1 misused drug in the U.S. (http://www.brad21.org/facts.html)
  • Alcohol related violence is associated with those who start drinking at an early age (www.dosomething.org).
  • Kids who start drinking by 15 have a 4 times greater chance of becoming addicted to alcohol (www.surgeongeneral.gov/).
  • Alcohol blocks some messages to your brain. This changes your perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing (www.abovetheinfluence.com).
  • Underage drinking affects all areas of an athlete’s life including social, physical, mental, academic, and legal (www.americanathleticinstitute.org)
  • Alcohol is actually a depressant. That means it's a drug that slows down or depresses the brain (kidshealth.org/kid/).