What Does Mean?

Here are some of the problems that alcohol and drug use can cause:

  • Unplanned pregnancy and STDs because you can forget to use birth control or a condom, or use them correctly, and are more likely to use poor judgment about who you have sex with when you’re high, buzzed or drunk.
  • Consent. You cannot give permission to have sex when you are drunk or under the influence of drugs.
  • Serious injury or death from overdose, alcohol poisoning and accidents. Every year, about 4,300 people under age 21 die from injuries involving underage drinking alone. (View Source).
  • Damage to your brain and memory. This is especially true for teens. (View Source).
  • Higher risks for other health physical issues like high blood pressure, breathing, kidney and liver problems.
  • Addiction, which means that you have to use these the substances regularly to feel normal or just get through your day. If you have any history of addiction in your family, your addiction risk is even greater.
  • Higher risk for being the victim of a crime. Hanging out where drugs are present or with people who use them aren’t safe places. And being high or drunk makes you less aware of your surroundings and risks.
  • Higher risks for getting poor grades in school. Being high, having hangovers and drug cravings can make it hard to concentrate or care about school.
  • Relationship problems at home and at school. Drugs can make you say things you don’t mean and start or cause fights. They can cause problems with your teachers, family and friends.
  • Higher risks for depression, anxiety, ADHD and other problems. People with mental health problems are twice as likely to also have drug problems. Drug abuse and mental health problems affect the same parts of the brain.
  • Arrest. In Ohio, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy or drink alcohol or products that contain nicotine.