Reasons Not to Drink

  1. You Might Forget Your Night – Blackouts are more common in teen drinkers than in adults. Teens who binge drink often wake up the next morning without any memory of huge chunks of the night before.
  2. Drunk Pics Can Do Major Damage – You’ve heard of cell phones and Facebook, right?  If you’re drunk, you might not realize (or care) that people are taking pictures of you…but those photos could come back to haunt you in a big way. Drunken pics have cost teens their jobs, their place on sports teams, and put them at the center of police investigations.
  3. The Drunk Dial – Getting drunk often means waking up the next morning with a couple of calls or texts in your phone log that you totally regret sending.   Since leaving your cell phone at home probably isn’t an option, your best bet to avoid drunk dialing is to not get drunk in the first place.
  4. Sober People Think You Look Dumb -Alcohol plays a dirty trick on you: it can make you feel more confident and cool, when to outside observers you’re slowly turning into a slurring, stumbling, mess.  Is that really how you want people to remember you?
  5. It’s Illegal – The drinking age is 21. Period.  End of story.  If the police catch you drinking, you could lose your license, be forced to appear in court and have to pay a fine, or worse.
  6. Drinking and Driving is Stupid – Did you know that if you drive after drinking just a couple of beers, you’re 11 times more likely to die in a car crash?  Kinda makes you wonder why people do it in the first place, since there are so many ways to avoid it: calling a cab, picking a designated driver, staying put till you’re sober or even better, not drinking at all.
  7. You’ll Almost Definitely Do Something You’ll Regret – The more you drink, the worse your judgment is, and the more likely you’ll do stupid stuff that you’ll hate yourself for tomorrow or even for the rest of your life.   It might be something minor like a fight with a friend…or something major like a tattoo, or having unprotected sex.  No matter what, it’s not worth it.
  8. Every Time You Drink, Your Brain Dies a Little – Drinking just once a week has been shown to cause long-term brain damage.  If you drink too much now while your brain is still developing, when you are an adult you will have more trouble completing difficult tasks, processing information, and making decisions than the teens around you now who aren’t getting drunk.
  9. You Could Die (Yes, Really) – Drink too much and you could give yourself acute alcohol poisoning, which is like a drug overdose.  If you pass out from alcohol poisoning and don’t get medical attention immediately, you might die. Drunk people also die from falling down stairs, drowning, or passing out and choking on their own vomit. Is drinking really worth the risk?
  10. You Can Have Fun Without It – Seriously.  Parties are fun because you get to hang out with your friends, meet new people, and check out new music – not because of the alcohol.  If you stay sober, you’ll be in complete control of yourself and able to socialize without making a fool of yourself or doing something stupid.  Plus, in the morning, you’ll actually remember all of the fun you had!