Alcohol

What is it and what does it look like?: Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that typically is found in liquid form and consumed orally. 

Street names or slang terms: beer, wine, liquor, cooler, shots, malt liquor

Short and long term effects: dizziness, slurred speech, disturbed sleep, nausea, vomiting, hangovers, impaired motor skills, violent behavior, impaired learning, fetal alcohol syndrome, respiratory depression, long term use can lead to alcoholism and liver and heart disease,  can cause death in high doses

Learn More: Check out the recording of our webinar, "Alcohol: It's Not a Rite of Passage"   -----> 

Talk to Your KidsFor more information on talking with teens about alcohol and other drugs, go to the Talk to Your Kids section of our website.

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SOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/alcohol-use.htm
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking-topic/school-campus-health
Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC): www.azcjc.gov/acjc.web/sac/ays.aspx
Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE): www.udetc.org/UnderageDrinkingCosts.asp