Alcohol Damages the
Anyone younger than 21 cannot legally
consume or purchase alcohol
Adults who administer alcohol can be
Up to two years behind bars
The human brain takes 23-25 years to fully
Inhibiting this process through underage
drinking can lead to permanent
Affects on the Teen
Alcohol-related car crashes kill someone
every 31 minutes.
Yearly, the reparations for crime, crashes,
injuries and death due to underage drinking
cost the state of Georgia $1.7 billion.
Affects on the Community
Youth who don’t
Youth who drink
provided by parents
Youth who drink
Lied to parents
31% 71% 85%
13% 54% 56%
Stole from a store 15% 41% 55%
Skipped school 8% 39% 47%
Risky Behaviors of Teens
“Teens are going to drink anyway – it’s a rite of
Most teens do NOT drink. 70% of high
school students said they do not drink
“It’s safer for teens to drink at my home than
Adult supervised drinking results in more
Mythbusters of Underage Drinking
Create a positive, loving home environment.
Talk about the risks of underage drinking.
Know your teen’s friends and activities.
Ensure an alcohol-free environment.
Parents can stop teen drinking
I got invited to a party - can I go?
Ask if a parent that you trust will be there. Follow up with
a phone call!
If alcohol is so bad, why do you drink?
Explain that adults drink for different reasons
It is legal for adults to drink
the adult brain is fully developed
Be an example of low-risk drinking choices
“You don’t have to drink to be popular”
Why is alcohol bad for me?
Don’t use scare tactics.
Explain that alcohol can damage growing brains and
How to Answer FAQs from Teens
Eat dinner together regularly.
Keep track of the alcohol in your home. Count it
and lock it up.
Surround your child with positive role models.
What can you do to prevent
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