I just saw an alarming video of children drinking alcohol. Alcohol consumption among young people is a particular problem. Usually, experimentation with alcohol often starts at ages 10-14. But if you would check the VIDEO, the children look very young, maybe ages 5 to 9.

This is a particular concern because high doses of alcohol at an early age may result in lasting effects on neurophysiological function. Early drinkers are four times more likely to develop alcoholism than those who begin alcohol intake at age 21. Early drinkers are also more likely to be involved in alcohol related-violence, both as adolescents and adults.

Alcohol is by far the most commonly used drug among high school students. Alcohol use disorders in adolescents have been linked to impulsivity and aggression. Alcohol is involved in 52 percent of all crimes committed by college students, including 27 percent of murders, 30 percent of rapes, 33 percent of property offenses, and 30 percent of robberies.

Fatal hypoglycemia has occurred in young children with blood ethanol concentrations below 100 mg/dL. Hypoglycemic seizures may occur and, if not promptly treated, can result in death.


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