Did you know that scientists have found changes in brain cells as little as six minutes after the consumptionÂ of alcohol? These changes can create permanent damage, especially in the teen brain. Because your brainÂ isnâ€™t fully formed, staying away from alcohol can help protect your developing brain.
Adolescence is a time of rapid and dramatic developmentâ€”teen girls can grow as much as 9.5 inches, and boys up toÂ 20 inches. Itâ€™s important for teens to make healthy choices that support their developing bodies. Whether you wantÂ to excel at sports, attend college, get a great job, or travel the world, drinking alcohol while underage can rob you ofÂ the things you need to reach your goals.
Why you need it:Â Water helps with digestion, circulation, andÂ transportation of nutrients. It also energizesÂ your muscles.
How alcohol interferes:Â Alcohol increases urine output andÂ causes dehydration, making it moreÂ difficult to build muscle.
Why you need it:Â Vitamins and minerals boost the immune system,Â help organs work properly, and are necessary forÂ growth and development.
How alcohol interferes: Â Large amounts of alcohol can slow or stopÂ the digestive process, robbing you of theÂ vitamins and minerals needed for growth.
Why you need it: Â Regular exercise strengthens bones, protects theÂ heart, boosts mood, and can help prevent diseasesÂ such as diabetes and cancer.
How alcohol interferes:Â Drinking can cause heart disease, maskÂ depression, and contribute to weight gain,Â all of which impair physical activity.
Why you need it:Â Sleep is key for overall health. It supports yourÂ attention, mood, physical health, and performanceÂ in school and sports.
How alcohol interferes:Â Alcohol can interfere with sleepÂ patterns, preventing you from gettingÂ the sleep you need.
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