5 Reasons Why Teens Should Not Drink and Do Drugs
Sometimes we all need concrete examples to help us understand things, and kids are no different.
When parents are talking to their teen or pre-teen about avoiding drugs or alcohol, it helps to give real reasons why they should listen.
Fortunately, parents don't need to look very far for answers because there are plenty of reasons teens should not drink or do drugs.
1. Problems at school. Teens have a hard enough time dealing with the pressures of studying and taking tests, that they don't need anything making it more difficult. Teens that experiment with drugs and alcohol almost always show a decreased performance in school. If a teen is not learning the things they should in high school, they will have a more difficult time getting into college and supporting themselves with a job as an adult.
2. Trouble with parents and teachers. Teens who use drugs and alcohol often experience a change in personality. They often become withdrawn, depressed and angry more easily. This results in strained relationships with parents and trouble with teachers.
3. Trouble with the law. Not only does substance abuse cause teens to struggle with school and relationship problems, but it also causes them to get in trouble with the law. Teens may choose to steal to support their habit, or may become involved with violent acts or vandalism because of the people they spend time with. Drugs cause teens to make poor decisions, leading to things like drunk driving, fights and unsafe sex.
4. Physical and mental health problems. Drugs cause health problems like liver and kidney failure and irregular heart rate. Substance abuse also causes damage to the brain, including seizures, coma and memory loss. Teens put themselves at risk for accidental overdose and death every time they do drugs.
5. Drug addiction and alcoholism. Teen drug abuse often leads to addiction problems as an adult. A report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) shows 90 percent of addicts in the U.S. began taking drugs, smoking or drinking alcohol in high school.