21: Why is Age so Important?

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Many young people wonder why drinking alcohol is not allowed before age 21. Share information with them so they can understand its importance.

It’s not about controlling them but about their health and allowing their brains to fully develop. The longer use is delayed, the better.

Someone who begins drinking as a young teen is four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than someone who waits until adulthood. Some other risks of early alcohol use include:

  • Alcohol poisoning, injuries, violence, or sexual assault
  • Changes in brain development
  • School performance problems and taking other risks such as smoking, drug misuse, and risky sexual behaviors

Keep Showing Up, They’re Still Growing Up.

Talking to Your Kids

Starting the Discussion About Drug and Alcohol Use with Your Kids

Parents face a tough dilemma about substance use: we may want our children to abstain from alcohol and drug use but what do we do if they are not? Besides the effects of substance use on the developing brain, teens using substances may face very serious consequences.

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