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Health Tip: How to Spot Underage Drinking

Health Tip: How to Spot Underage Drinking

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More children abuse alcohol than tobacco or illicit drugs

Besides being illegal, underage drinking can endanger a young person’s physical and emotional health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The CDC says underage drinkers are more likely than other peers to have:

  * Problems at school, including more absences and poor grades.
  * Problems maintaining friendships and relationships.
  * Problems with the legal system.
  * Frequent hangovers or illnesses, drug abuse and problems with memory.
  * Cases of alcohol poisoning.
  * Car accidents.
  * Increased risk of sexual or physical assault, suicide or homicide, or unplanned pregnancy.
  * Problems affecting brain development.