Alcohol affects teens differently than it does adults. Drinking alcohol as teens can have many negative impacts. Teen drinking can: 

  • Impair brain development. In fact, the earlier a teen starts drinking, the greater the risk for negative consequences (1).
  • Increase the risk of mental health problems such as depression (2) and anxiety disorders (3).
  • Negatively impact school performance (4).
  • Increase the risk of alcohol use disorders (such as addiction) later in life (5).

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