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Drinking now can damage your brain forever.
The science: Your brain's wiring starts changing when you're a teen. Billions of connections are being reformed to make your brain more efficient.
The effect: Alcohol can permanently damage this development. While your brain is busy making better connections, drinking can cause biological changes.
The result: These changes can lead to cognitive problems, learning problems and alcohol dependence. 1,2
Hi, license. Bye, license.
Having money and freedom is awesome. Losing them because you drank or bought someone alcohol sucks.
Your record: In AZ, your criminal record is kept until you're 99 years old. Misdemeanors can prevent you from applying for some jobs or receiving government student loans.3
Class 3 misdemeanor4: Up to $500 fine and 30 days in jail. Example: Asking someone who is over 21 to buy you alcohol.
Class 2 misdemeanor4: Up to $750 fine and 4 months in jail. Example: Consuming alcohol in public when you're under 21 (minor in consumption or MIC).
Class 1 misdemeanor4: Up to $2,500 fine and 6 months in jail. Example: Using a fake ID, trying to buy alcohol or being served at a bar when you're under 21 (Minor in Possession or MIP).
Fake ID Penalty: If convicted of using a fake ID (whether a real person's or fraudulent), your driver's license will be suspended for up to 6 months. If convicted a second time, the suspension is up to a year
Your brain keeps developing into your 20s — usually between 21 and 25. That's why alcohol is so harmful right now.
What exactly is binge drinking?
Binge drinking is when your blood alcohol level exceeds .08g/dl (grams per deciliter).
For boys that's about 4 drinks in 2 hours. For girls, that's only 3 drinks.
Binge drinking can lead to constant anxiety and alcohol dependency. (To get sciency, this is tied to alcohol inhibiting NMDA receptors.)5,6
Teen girls who binge drink experience diminished activity in brain regions linked to memory.7
The leading causes of death for teens are car accidents, homicide and suicide — alcohol is the leading factor in all three.8
Studies show that people who binge drink through high school are more likely to be overweight by the time they're 24.9
Binge drinkers are more likely to drop out of school.9
Binge drinking disrupts sleep patterns.9
Binge drinkers are more likely to take risks, like driving drunk, which can injure the driver or others.9
Binge drinking has also been linked to10:
- Alcohol poisoning
- Damaged brain nerve tissue
- Chemical dependency
- Liver disease