MOMENTS to Protect Your Mental Health

MOMENTS to Protect Your Mental Health

Moments to protect your mental health

Illinois teens recognize that alcohol impacts mental health. But do you know how it affects your well-being?

Alcohol is a depressant that affects your brain’s natural level of happiness chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Also, underage drinking can lead to stressful situations, like problems with parents, performance, school, and the law. These problems can leave you feeling anxious or depressed.

Take care of your mind and avoid alcohol. During tough times, find healthy ways to cope.

Mental health hacks:

  1. Improve your sleep.
  2. Write out your thoughts and feelings.
  3. Call or text 988 if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis.

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The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Not only do underage drinkers put themselves in danger, but they also put others in jeopardy if they get behind the wheel or exhibit violent behavior.

Learn more about binge drinking, social hosting and alcohol use disorders in teens.

 

Brains: Development Happens.

Brains: Development Happens.

Brains: Development Happens.

The brain is the epicenter of all life. Without it, we don’t breathe, make decisions, or even move our bodies.

Teens damaging their developing brains by using alcohol underage can have big consequences both now and down the road.

As our children age, we lose track of how fast they’re growing and developing. Research shows the brain develops well into someone’s twenties, long past when children are typically considered grown and longer than many adults realize.

Yes, alcohol can make a person act how they wouldn’t normally, but do you know why? It’s because alcohol can affect the areas of the brain responsible for decision-making and judgment. Alcohol at this age “has more potential to disrupt brain function in areas critical to motivation, memory, learning, judgment, and behavior control.” Alcohol use can interfere with how brain cells communicate.

The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Not only do underage drinkers put themselves in danger, but they also put others in jeopardy if they get behind the wheel or exhibit violent behavior.

Learn more about binge drinking, social hosting and alcohol use disorders in teens.