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Old 04-10-2005, 04:55 AM   #1
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I:O alcohol is BAD for you

Hey, who wants a drink?" "Oh come on, just one drink won't hurt you. It's fun." "It's cool. Everybody drinks, right?"

Wrong.

Drinking alcohol is dangerous for kids and teens and sometimes for adults, too. Alcohol is a drug, and it is the drug most abused by teens. Many kids have their first drink at an early age, as young as 10 or 11 or even younger.

They may have seen their parents drink or cool ads for beer and wine. It's easy for a kid to get the wrong message about alcohol. In TV commercials, drinking looks like a lot of fun. You might see people drinking and watching sports together or having a big party.

But alcohol is actually a depressant. That means it's a drug that slows down or depresses the brain. Like many drugs, alcohol changes a person's ability to think, speak, and see things as they really are. A person might lose his or her balance and have trouble walking properly. The person might feel relaxed and happy and later start crying or get in an argument.

What Happens When People Drink?
When people drink too much, they might do or say things they don't mean. They might hurt themselves or other people, especially if they drive a car. Someone who drinks too much also might throw up and could wake up the next day feeling awful - that's called a hangover. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can kill a person. Over time, someone who abuses alcohol can do serious damage to his or her body. The liver, which removes poisons from the blood, is especially at risk.

Because alcohol can cause such problems, the citizens and government leaders in this country have decided that kids shouldn't be allowed to buy or use alcohol. By setting the drinking age at 21, they hope older people will be able to make good decisions about alcohol. For instance, they don't want people to drink alcohol and drive cars because that's how many accidents occur.

What Is Alcoholism?
What can be confusing about alcohol is that some grown-ups seem to be able to enjoy it occasionally with no problems. Other people, though, can become alcoholics (say: al-kuh-ha-liks). An alcoholic is someone whose mind and body crave alcohol. The person has little control over his or her drinking and can't stop without help. A person who starts drinking alcohol at a young age is more likely to become an alcoholic.

Alcoholism is chronic, which means it continues over time. It often gets worse, too, because the person may start experiencing health problems related to drinking. In addition to causing liver problems, long-term drinking can damage the pancreas, heart, and brain.

Say No
It can be tempting to try alcohol. It's normal to be curious about new things, especially if it seems like everyone is doing it. But everyone is not drinking alcohol. Don't believe it if someone says you're immature for not drinking. You're actually more mature (which means grown up) because you're being strong and smart.

Still, it can be hard if you feel unpopular because of your decision. Good friends won't stop being your friend just because you don't want to drink alcohol. If you feel this kind of pressure, talk to someone you trust.

And if you're concerned about a friend who's drinking, you should tell one of your parents, a school counselor, or another trusted adult. That way, someone can talk with your friend before the alcohol causes a big problem. Unfortunately, some kids who drink may also drop out of school, get in car accidents, start fights, or join in crimes.

But with help, anyone who has a problem with alcohol can be successful at stopping. And if you're still a kid, help yourself by not starting in the first place!

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Basically, alcohol doesn't agree with me. It can make me depressed. I'd rather drink coffee or tea.
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alcohol was bad for me on friday night. me and a friend went for a night out. I woke up on her sofa on saturday morning, covered in bruises.

I must have fallen over....although I have no recollection of the event.....

I do remember, however, that a good time was had by all. But next time I will stick to gin OR wine
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I can only quote Homer Simpson - "Alcohol - the cause and solution to all the world's problems"

Winston Churchill fought and won the Second World War on a bottle of brandy a day. Of course he didn't drink it all in one go.

Some of the very best writers, artist and comedians lived large chunks of their lives sozzled.

But if you find alcohol doesn't agree with you - best to steer clear of it and certainly don't start drinking before the legal age.

Although it's interesting that in French families adolescents drink watered down wine with meals - yet France has a low rate of alcoholism. I think it depends on different cultures - some have a healthy attitude towards alcohol, others don't.
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alcohol was bad for me on friday night. me and a friend went for a night out. I woke up on her sofa on saturday morning, covered in bruises.

I must have fallen over....although I have no recollection of the event.....

I do remember, however, that a good time was had by all. But next time I will stick to gin OR wine
alcohol was bad for me on friday too. jo and i went out and on the way home i had lost interest in keeping my head up and it kept hitting off her brother's car window. i didn't sleep on the sofa or wake up with unexplained bruises though i didn't drink when i was out on thursday and saturday and i felt worse after those nights out
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