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Alcohol is the most widely used substance among adults and teens. There are many negative consequences of underage drinking including injuries, violence, and death. In Wolcott, 73.1% of students grades 7-12 reported that it is very hard/ sort of hard to access alcohol. 78% of students grades 7-12 reported they believe it is a moderate to great risk in drinking alcohol. 


Teen brains are particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol, as research indicates that brain development continues until around age 25. Alcohol consumption during adolescence can interfere with this process, potentially affecting brain structure and function. Underage drinking significantly raises the risk of alcohol-related problems later in life. Studies suggest that individuals who begin drinking before the age of 15 are six times more likely to develop alcohol dependence.

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Binge Drinking

Binge drinking, defined as consuming more than 4 drinks for women or more than 5 drinks for men at one time, is prevalent among teens and young adults, posing significant risks.

Binge drinking is dangerous for several reasons:

  • Acute Health Risks: Binge drinking involves consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short period, leading to rapid intoxication. This can result in alcohol poisoning, which is a severe and potentially life-threatening condition.

  • Impaired Judgment and Coordination: Alcohol affects the central nervous system, leading to impaired judgment, decreased coordination, and slower reaction times. This increases the risk of accidents, injuries, and risky behaviors such as driving under the influence.

  • Increased Risk of Accidents: Binge drinking is associated with a higher likelihood of accidents, including falls, burns, drownings, and motor vehicle accidents. Impaired cognitive function and coordination make individuals more prone to these incidents.

  • Negative Impact on Mental Health: Excessive alcohol consumption can exacerbate mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. It can also lead to mood swings, aggression, and impaired decision-making, which can strain relationships and lead to conflicts.

  • Long-term Health Consequences: Binge drinking over time can contribute to the development of serious health conditions such as liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and neurological disorders. It can also increase the risk of certain cancers.

  • Social and Legal Consequences: Binge drinking can lead to social problems such as strained relationships, social isolation, and academic or occupational difficulties. Additionally, it can result in legal consequences such as fines, arrests for public intoxication, and DUI charges.

  • Risk of Alcohol Use Disorder: Engaging in binge drinking frequently or over an extended period can increase the risk of developing alcohol use disorder (AUD). AUD is a chronic condition characterized by an inability to control alcohol consumption despite negative consequences.

Overall, binge drinking poses significant immediate and long-term risks to physical health, mental well-being, social relationships, and legal standing. It's essential to practice moderation and seek help if binge drinking becomes a pattern or leads to negative consequences.

Alcohol Prevention


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