Alcohol is a drug found in all alcoholic drinks like beer, wine and spirits such as vodka and whiskey. Alcohol is a depressant drug.
It slows down various sections of the brain and the central nervous system.
This affects your ability to control your behaviour and your bodily functions, like thinking, talking, walking and even breathing.
Alcohol is also described as a psychoactive drug. This means a drug that affects the mind, or mental processes.
While some drinks have more alcohol than others, the type of alcohol in all alcoholic drinks is the same – it’s a type of alcohol called ethanol.
Alcohol is a colourless, odourless and inflammable fluid.
The brain is still developing throughout your teenage years & alcohol is linked to toxic damage in the brain.
Alcohol is a neurotoxin & a neurotoxin is a substance that is poisonous or damaging to the brain or nervous system.
Alcohol during adolescent years may result in permanent brain changes or damage, which can affect a young person’s ability to learn & make mature decisions.
Because of all the changes that are happening in your brain during adolescence, the use of alcohol among young people is linked with increased risk for harmful or dependent alcohol use in later life.
Alcohol can disrupt important development in the brain. Teenage drinking can result in significant changes in certain parts of the brain & the regions most affected are responsible for learning, memory & decision making.
The earlier a young person starts drinking, the greater their risk of becoming dependant on alcohol.
A person is 4x more likely to become dependant on alcohol if they start drinking before the age of 15 as opposed to those who wait until 21.
Alcohol use can harm young people’s mental health.
Rates of depression and anxiety in young people are significally higher when they are drinking to harmful or dependant levels.
The brain is not fully developed until a person reaches their mid twenties!
Alcohol can be a ‘fast route’ to dealing with difficult emotions as a teenager and while it may provide some relief from these emotions in short term teenagers who use alcohol are less likely to develop healthy coping strategies.
For young people an alcohol free life is the healthiest and best option to help them reach their full potential
Staying alcohol free during your adolescent years will have a wide range of benefits including:
• Strong brain development
• More money
• Better overall health, mental health & wellbeing
• Look better & feel better