Heavy drinkers are more likely to smoke cigarettes than light drinkers.
By stopping alcohol use it can increase the grey matter volume, if it is done early enough. “Teenage years are very important for brain development, and alcohol can tamper with this process,” said the author of the study, Noora Heikkinen.
Samantha Brooks, a lecturer who studies the affects of drinking at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, says that if teens drink heavily when they are most sensitive, it may damage their brain. This can make their drinking worse and can cause other problems, like missing school or having unsafe sex.
Alchohelp, a charity that seeks to prevent alcohol abuse, says that 1,000 young people under the age of 15 are admitted to hospital each year with acute alcohol poisoning in England. All need emergency treatment and some die.
What I think
With the information I have gathered I am shocked with what is happening to my generation. It should make people think twice about what they are doing. Yes, we can have a drink but don’t get to that stage where you can’t look after yourself.
I know people that have become very drunk and who have not been able to go home alone. They ended up in hospital. Or there are other stories of young people that have become so drunk that they go home with a stranger who takes advantage of them.
Many teenagers are affected by peer-pressure. Their friends make them drink more when they don’t feel comfortable about the situation.
You don’t need to become paralytic to have fun with your friends, because if you end up drunk you don’t remember what happened the night before. Also, drinking too much alcohol could give you alcohol poisoning.
Don’t use drugs or alcohol to escape the problems you have. Talk to someone you trust, as they may be able to help. Our society is full of mixed messages. At Christmas the supermarkets are advertising all their special offers on booze yet, as I’ve discovered, it’s not all ‘good health’!