• Teen brains are also more vulnerable because they respond differently to alcohol.
  • When adults drink too much, their judgement becomes impaired and they tend to get slower and sleepier.
  • When teens drink too much, their judgement is also impaired, but they are more likely to stay awake, active and social.
  • Teens are at far greater risk for doing something while drunk that will cause them to injure themselves or others.
  • If you start drinking at age 21, your lifetime risk of alcoholism is 9%.
  • If you start drinking at 13 or younger, your lifetime risk is nearly 50%, a five fold increase.
  • If you have a family member with alcoholism, the risk is even greater.
  • If you start smoking marijuana when you’re 21, your chances of developing addiction are about 4%.
  • If you start when you’re 13, your risk is greater than 16%, a four fold increase.