What is alcohol? Alcohol is created by fermenting grains, fruits, or vegetables. Alcohol is a depressant, and slows the function of the central nervous system.
Ugh, why are we learning about alcohol. It's not like alcohol is harmful or anything.
Actually, alcohol increases your risk for many deadly diseases like cancer or alcohol poisoning.
Alcohol blocks some messages going to your brain, altering your emotions, vision, and perceptions. People who overuse alcohol may stagger, lose their coordination, and slur their speech.
Well i'm going to a party tonight with my friends and drinking is a good way to loosen up and look cool.
There is nothing cool about acting crazy and puking on yourself. Drinking will make you have bad breath and say stupid things.
But all the other kids drink alcohol. I need to drink so I can fit in!
If you really want to fit it, stay sober. Most young people don't drink alcohol. Research shows that more than 70% of teens haven't had a drink in the past month.
If you're under 21, drinking alcohol is a big problem because it is illegal. If you get caught, you could get a fine, get community service, or have to go to court.
I can drink alcohol and not have any problems.
If you have a friend whose drinking concerns you, make sure he stays safe. Show him it's possible to enjoy a party just as much, if not more so, when you don't drink. And with his nervous system working as it's supposed to, he'll remember more about the great time you had!
I'm worried about my friend that is at risk of drinking alcohol. How can I help him?
Hey, thanks for showing me why I shouldn't drink and don't need alcohol. I realized how much better it is to be sober!
No problem! I hope you have fun at the party and don't lose your motivation to choose the right decision.