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What are the risks of my teenager drinking?

Armin Brott
Pediatrics
 It's illegal for her to be drinking in the first place--or for anyone who's legally able to drink to buy liquor for a minor.
  • Even one drink can slow her reactions, confuse her thinking, and keep her from making good decisions.
  • At least 5,000 young people die every year in alcohol-related car accidents, homicides, and suicides, and thousands more are injured.
  • There’s mounting evidence that drinking during adolescence can lead to learning and memory impairments, difficulties with balance and coordination, social problems, depression, and other neurological, medical, and mental problems.
  • Teens who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to become alcoholics than those who start at 21.

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