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Many parents are concerned about alcohol and other substances as their children grow up, and rightfully so.

Our youth are at a higher risk of substance-related mischief than grown-ups. Ongoing examination has demonstrated that the brain continues development well into the mid-twenties, and that substance abuse is more hurtful than recently thought to teenagers.

  • Alcohol exposes teenagers to a greater risk of injury and harm and doing things they may later regret, than adults.
  • Teenagers are likely to drink more and take more risks when drinking compared to older people.
  • Drinking early can cause problems with alcohol later in life and damage the brain.

Alcohol contributes to the 3 leading causes of death among young people:

  • Unintentional injuries
  • Homicide
  • Suicide

Teenagers around firepit