Alcohol is a drug and it is everywhere! Your local supermarket probably has a whole aisle full of beer and wine, or maybe you have liquor already in your house. There is no single age group of people more affected by alcohol and drugs than youth. In some ways it feels like it is an issue everywhere: for you, your family and your friends. Plain and simple, try as you might, you cannot escape the issues of alcohol and drugs. Nationwide, alcohol and drugs affect each and every one of us, directly or indirectly: in our homes, in our families, in our school, in our dorm, in our community, town or city.
For some, one time or infrequent use of alcohol or drugs can result in tragedy: alcohol overdose (alcohol poisoning), an accident or fall, or an arrest that may cost you your reputation and/or your freedom. For others, what may have started as occasional use can turn into an addiction with tragic consequences.
Make your own choices. If you are hanging out with a group in which the majority are using drugs to get high, you may want to think about making some new friends. You may be headed toward an alcohol and drug problem if you continue to hang around others who routinely drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, abuse prescription drugs or use illegal drugs.
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