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any of you will remember the incredibly gifted M singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse. Amy was born in London in 1983 and exploded onto the music scene at age 16. By the time she was 24 she had won six Grammys and was acclaimed as one of the most talented artists in the world. She was young, famous and had the whole world at her feet. But somewhere along the line, something went horribly wrong and Amy was found dead from alcohol l poisoning when she was just 27 years old. Reports state that Amy started drinking heavily shortly after her rise to stardom. Soon her drinking escalated to drug-taking and a few years later, Amy paid the ultimate price. The frightening thing is that far too many teens are following the same road as Ariiy and are opening themselves up to the dangerous world of alcohol and underage drinking - a road that may lead them tiit-s future of pain and suffering. V g ~l»'§7*€“ Pa _ V " l Al“ I. V ", "s'-' 'N," m" _ . t 't' . -n~i-a "QWIT? _ teenzonemagazlnecora l l _ , a" - tss' "-.'Am.. " = MEZONE "rr, Many teens twink ig$oolto binge drink (drink four__or more a,‘ ' a l aipysiiir8holic drink Ir. fe after the other, in a short period t'yiira'iitr . -N 4's and Saturday night finds thousands of young people drunk and .,glt . out of hand at one of the many house parties napping around " the country. Some teens drink to have fun. The teenage aio l is developing and growing and itWfg-ctly natural t tee _ to want to try new things and to take riskg'fMrt, il_,Ci'ili,ii)', different reasons though - sgme drink to forget their problems and to numb their pain; some drink because they feel awkward and alcohol helps them tateel more confident; some tis'inkjust A are bored; and others drink because theyéive in to ver the reason, if you are tempted to pop op and think about the long-term q peer pres - __ the cap off that ne _ A" repenussi [s first. . We live (fd culture where alcoho" - f - "l 'ttttrt. . _ slid" ") Aeriiyiv95t.eittp. "-Urtu, _ - - ,. MEZONE = You are more likely to get injured if you have been drinking by falling or having an accident. Drinking and driving is one of the top causes of death in teenage boys. = When you drink, you lose your inhibitions and are more likely to do things that you wouldn't normally do, such as have unprotected sex. This can have major long-term consequences such as an unwanted pregnancy or even the contraction of a sexually transmitted disease or HIV. = Alcohol affects your reflexes causing you to think, act and move slower. As a result you may not be able to protect yourself when necessary. Research has shown that more than 50% of sexual violence occurs when the victim is drunk. = You often feel sick, dehydrated, tired and moody the following day. = Alcohol is addictive and is a gateway to hardcore drugs. = Alcohol can cause reproductive problems in women. = Excessive drinking damages almost every part of the body, especially the brain, the liver and the heart. lt can even kill you. ------------a __________________________________-l r I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I. SO WHY CAN ADULTS DRINK BUT TEENS CAN'T? Adolescents' brains are in a very important stage of development. The human brain is only fully developed around the age of 25. While the brain is maturing, alcohol can cause serious damage which can result in long-term brain dysfunction. Studies have shown that underage drinking can cause the brain to shrink, specifically the areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning. This is the age when most of us are at school, college or varsity and is exactly the time that we need our brains to be sharp and focused. LEGAL RISKS OF UNDERAGE DRINKING In South Africa the legal drinking age is 18. If you are caught drinking before then you risk spending a night in jail, having to pay a hefty fine or, worse still, you could get a criminal record. GIRLS AND ALCOHOL What most girls don't know is that biologically they are at far greater risk from drinking than guys are. Girls often get into drinking competitions with their guy friends or simply try to keep up with them without realising the odds are stacked against them. Girls have a much slower metabolism than guys, which means that the alcohol stays in their system for longer. Girls' bodies also contain less water and more fatty tissue than guys' bodies. Fat retains alcohol while water dilutes alcohol, which means that they feel drunk for longer than boys do. This means that if girls drink the same amount as their guy friends, they get drunk quicker and stay drunk for longer. When we look at the evidence stacked against underage drinking, it's plain to see that all it takes is one night of binge drinking to create long-term consequences that may affect your life forever. Before you go to the next house party, or before you take that next sip, ask yourself: "What do I want for my future?" If you want happiness, accomplishment and success, then choose the road of achievement. Don't take the chance of getting lost down the road of alcoholism. If you have already taken one or two wrong turns, just remember, it's never too late to change course and get back on track. ' _______¢____¢___1 I I I = You may think that alcohol will help I you forget your problems and make I you feel better. lt does exactly the I opposite though. lt is a depressant I and after the quick high, it leaves I you feeling depressed, desperate I and lonely. I Many teens feel guilty, ashamed I and embarrassed after a binge I because they have said and done I things that they wouldn't normally I do. They lose self-respect and self- I esteem as a result. I ------------a a GETTING HELP - IFYOU NEED HELP WITH ANY PROBLEM RELATING TO ALCOHOL, CALL ONE OFTHE HELPLINES BELOW TO SPEAKTO A QUALIFIED c00NSELLOR: YOU DECIDE HELPLINE: 0800 33 33 77 l SADAG: 0800 12 13 14 l LIFELINE: 0861 322 322