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EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL & MARIJUANA ON THE BODY
Underage alcohol and marijuana use leaves damaging, lifelong effects on the brain and body. Your organs are growing and changing every minute. The brain is not fully developed until the mid-20s, meaning any underage drug use severely stunts your development.
Your prefrontal cortex—the part of your brain that controls reasoning and helps you think before you act—is growing rapidly. The developing brain is not as efficient at decision making and problem solving as it will be when you’re older. It’s biology, not maturity.
Check out all the irreversible damage that alcohol and marijuana inflict on the developing body.
MYTHS VS FACTS
THE POWER OF YOU
Power of You(th) is not just about telling you what to do. It’s about empowering you to make safe and smart
decisions about your brain, body, and future. Afterall, it’s you that has the power to protect yourself.
Decide that your future is not worth risking
- Because it is illegal and dangerous, I pledge not to drink alcohol before age 21 or use other drugs.
- I pledge not to ride with someone who has been drinking or using drugs.
- If I find myself in a situation where I feel unsafe or uncomfortable, I pledge to call an adult for a safe ride home.
Every decision you make, every conversation you have, every person you impact makes a difference. You can take a stand and protect your future.
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We are grateful to Amica Insurance for joining in our efforts to educate, inform, and motivate teens to make healthy choices when it comes to alcohol and other drugs.