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You and other teens may drink alcohol for many reasons. You may want to:
Alcohol can change how well you make decisions, how well you think, and how quickly you can react. It can make it hard for you to control your actions. Alcohol use can:
Alcohol use also can change how you feel about your life. It can increase the risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. Alcohol can negatively impact the way your brain develops, which continues until the age of 25. If you choose to drink, try to delay using alcohol as long as possible to lower your risk of harm.
If someone offers you a drink, here are some ways to say "no."
Maybe you've wondered about your alcohol habits, or how to tell if your drinking is becoming a problem.
Here are some of the symptoms of alcohol use disorder. You may have it if you have two or more of the following symptoms:
Alcohol use disorder can range from mild to severe. The more symptoms you have, the more severe the disorder may be.
You might not realize that your drinking is a problem. You might not drink large amounts when you drink. Or you might go for days or weeks between drinking episodes. But even if you don't drink very often, your drinking could still be harmful and put you at risk.
If you think you need help:
Call: Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322 Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642 Both helplines are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
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Adaptation Date: 6/15/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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