Friday, April 16, 2010

Health Display: Stop Underage Drinking

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month! Visit the display next to the Youth Services desk to take a look at books and learn the facts about alcohol and underage drinking:
  • Alcohol can harm your brain that is still growing and developing. Your brain keeps growing until your mid-20s!
  • Alcohol affects a teen’s or tween’s ability to make good decisions.
  • You have the right to say “no” if someone offers you an alcoholic drink.
  • Sometimes kids, teens, and tweens say that they’re drinking even when they’re not. Don’t believe everything you hear.
  • Alcohol leads to a loss of coordination, slowed reflexes, memory lapses, and even blackouts.
  • It is illegal to possess alcohol if you are under the age of 21.
  • A standard drink in the United States is equal to 13.7 grams or .6 ounces of pure alcohol or 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor like vodka, gin, or rum.
  • As a teen or tween, you are able to join a group such as Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD), a “a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.” For more information, visit their website at
Check out a book or visit these websites to learn more about the effects of alcohol:

“On the Path to Good Health” is supported by Kaiser Permanente and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.

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