Aka: booze, juice, brew
Alcohol is a depressant drug, in that it slows down activity in the brain. It can impair young people’s brain development, and young people who begin drinking as a teen are at an increased risk of developing alcohol dependence than if they wait until they are adult to use alcohol. The biggest concern for alcohol is binge drinking – or drinking five or more drinks within 2 hours for males, and 4 drinks within 2 hours for females. Alcohol use and binge drinking can put you at a greater risk for injuries, unprotected sex, sexual assault, and death from things like alcohol-related car accidents or drowning.