5 Reasons not to drink alcohol

By admin
08 December 2014

It may be seen as cool to have the odd drink at a party, but alcohol is a dangerous substance that could cause great damage. Here are five reasons to stay away from the stuff.

It may be seen as cool to have the odd drink at a party, but alcohol is a dangerous substance that could cause great damage. Here are five reasons to stay away from the stuff: 1.Alcohol damages your brain Drinking just once a week has been shown to cause long-term brain damage in teenagers, whose brains are still developing. The short- and long-term effects of consuming alcohol include difficulty completing difficult tasks, processing information and making decisions. Alcohol consumption can affect your memory, damage your liver and may upset the critical hormonal balance necessary for normal development of organs, muscles and bones. 2.Underage drinking is illegal Sure, it may be cool to sip on a sweet and fruity alcoholic drink at a party, and even cooler when you’re underage. Peer pressure is powerful, but should never be the reason why you take a sip. Drinking alcohol under the age of 18 is against the law in South Africa and if you’re caught you could find yourself in a lot of trouble, and also jeopardise your bright future. 3.You can have fun without it Being under the influence of alcohol could reduce your inhibitions, meaning it could make you more careless and keen to partake in things you wouldn’t normally partake in. You and your friend don’t need to drink to have fun. Just look back at all the fun you had at parties when alcohol wasn’t in the picture. No alcohol means no trouble, no hangovers and zero potential arrests and criminal records. 4.You may forget your night Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol may cause blackouts (retrograde amnesia). This is more common in teenagers than adults. Binge drinking is a major issue in South Africa. The Medical Research Council found a quarter of teens between the ages of 11 and 17 reported they’d been drunk more than 10 times in their lives. Also, nearly one in four high school learners binge drink each month. 5.You may regret it Besides doing silly things and embarrassing yourself in public, alcohol can lead to death. You could die from acute alcohol poisoning, where alcohol depresses the nerves that control your involuntary actions such as breathing and your gag reflex. Those drunken pictures you share on Facebook could also get you into a lot of trouble at school and with the police. You may also cause a fight with a friend, have unprotected sex or cause damage to someone’s property. So before you think about sneaking some of your parents’ alcohol into a party, remember teenage drinking is both illegal and dangerous. Look out for your own safety and health. Sources: pubs.niaaa.nih.gov, ara.co.za, teenadvice.about.com and collegedrinkingprevention.gov

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