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Chapter 21: Alcohol

Student Web Activities Lesson 1: The Health Risks of Alcohol Use

In this lesson, you learned about some of the dangers of teen alcohol use. Using alcohol puts teens at risk for violent crime, problems with the law, and dangerous sexual behaviors. Many teens are aware of these risks, but choose to drink anyway. At this Web site, you can learn more about why some teens drink, the health risks of underage drinking, and what society can do to reduce rates of alcohol use among teens.

Links to Explore:
Underage Drinking


  • Click on the link and read the report on underage drinking.
  • Then answer the following questions:

How many teens have consumed alcohol by the time they reach their senior year of high school?
How much does starting to drink before the age of 15 increase a person’s chances of becoming dependent on alcohol?
List three factors that may influence a teen’s decision to use alcohol.
How can alcohol use affect growth and development during adolescence?
How many teens met the criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence in 2002?
Describe the two main types of interventions for preventing underage drinking.
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