Its effectiveness has been called into question, but it is still one of the most widely used programs today.
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Some of these programs are more effective than others.
One popular program, DARE, involves local police officers coming into the schools to talk to students about drugs and alcohol.
The effects of teenage drinking can be quite serious.
Fortunately, teenage alcohol use is on the decline.Forty percent of all alcohol-related fatal car crashes involve teens.Teens may not realize they are too impaired to drive, or they may be afraid to call home for a ride.Alcohol intoxication impairs the judgment and teens who are intoxicated may engage in a number of dangerous behaviors.Alcohol may also serve as a “gateway drug” into more serious drug use.The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that teens who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop an alcohol addiction than those who do not begin drinking before the legal age of 21.Drinking and driving is another danger of teenage alcohol use.Regardless of the reason, teens that drink often drive while under the influence.Other effects of teenage drinking include decreased inhibitions that may lead to risk-taking behaviors.Once teens have decided alcohol use is acceptable, they may feel other drugs are also okay.Impaired judgment may also lead to the experimentation with other drugs.