To save lives, the minimum legal drinking age is set at 21. The teen brain is still developing and is very sensitive to alcohol. Alcohol can be tricky because it affects judgment and decision making, which are two things critical to making the right choices.
Alcohol not only affects a teen’s decision making; it also affects their inhibitions and physical control. Teens think they are invincible, and they often take risks that mature adults would not. Dangers associated with teen drinking include car crashes, falls, drowning, fights, and sexual risks. While they may temporarily feel elated and happy, alcohol is a depressant.
“Karnes County high school graduates should celebrate their accomplishments,” said County Extension agent Meagen Dennison. “But, they should also know that choosing to use alcohol as a part of that celebration is illegal, and dangerous outcomes are likely if abused. Texas has a zero tolerance law. Teens can be arrested for driving under the influence with any amount of detectable alcohol in their system.”
If alcohol is a part of a celebration, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Watch UR BAC program advises that it is kept out of the hands of teens and that adults set a good example by consuming responsibly. Don’t let your celebration turn into a tragedy.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Watch UR BAC program is a free, statewide program to promote alcohol awareness, the dangers of impaired driving, and friends watching out for friends.