Bottom line – you are responsible for your own safety…what are you going to do?
Before we review our Ten Tips for Prevention--Youth, there are two important points to be aware of:
Using alcohol and drugs before the brain has fully developed increases your risk for future addiction to alcohol and drugs dramatically. Young people who start drinking alcohol before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. Research for drug use and drug addiction have found similar results.
Whether a person decides to use alcohol or drugs is a choice, influenced by their environment -- peers, family, and availability. But, once a person uses alcohol or drugs, the risk of developing alcoholism or drug dependence is largely influenced by genetics. Alcoholism and drug dependence are not moral issues, are not a matter of choice or a lack of willpower. Plain and simple, some people’s bodies respond to the effects of alcohol and drugs differently. If you have a family history of alcoholism or addiction, you are four times more likely to develop a problem.
So then, as a young person, what can you do to protect yourself and reduce the risk of alcohol and drug problems? Here are Ten Tips for Prevention--Youth:
To create a clear, community-wide consensus that underage drinking is illegal, unhealthy, and unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Mundelein.
To prevent underage drinking and other drug use (and consequences of use) through increased community-wide awareness, consensus, policy development, education, intervention & enforcement.
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