Underage Drinking Facts
What does BAC stand for?
Blood Alcohol Concentration (or content) *BAC refers to the amount of alcohol contained in a person's blood
What blood alcohol content level are underage youth allowed to have? (Example: when you blow into a breathalyzer)*
Zero! This means that if a chemical test determines that an underage person has a blood alcohol content above 00.00%, the person can be cited for being under the influence.
Drinking alcohol can affect the development of _____ ?
Your brain! Research shows that brain development continues well into a person’s twenties.
What is second hand smoke?
Smoke inhaled involuntarily from tobacco being smoked by others. Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard causing close to 50,000 deaths per year. It can cause a wide range of adverse health effects, including lung cancer, respiratory infections, and asthma. **Did you know that there is such a thing as 3rd hand smoke?!**
What is KV Tip? What is a benefit of using it?
A service in central Maine that allows people to anonymously send text tips to law enforcement about underage drinking and illegal sharing of alcohol and drugs** To prevent someone from hurting themselves or others, death, illness, the consequences of getting caught, etc. Prevent, prevent, prevent!!
This organ processes alcohol
The liver *The liver is important because it helps you to metabolize nutrients and rid your system of harmful toxins. Your liver also metabolizes alcohol, which means that drinking can put a tremendous strain on this vital organ, eventually leading to illness or even death!
Name two potential punishments/consequences associated with underage drinking
*Legal, social, school, physical, and mental problems. Death and illness. Fines, citations, suspension, community service, kicked off sports team, etc.
How long does it take the liver to process one drink?
It takes the liver, on average, one hour to process one drink. Any more than this and the body cannot process it. In this case, the additional alcohol makes its way to your body tissues and blood stream until your liver can work effectively.
Why is it harmful to consume nicotine and caffeine at the same time? What effect does this have on the body?
Nicotine interferes with the body's ability to absorb and utilize caffeine, often resulting in a person using more caffeine in order to maintain their minimum needed level. When someone quits consuming nicotine and continue to consume the same amount of caffeine, this results in caffeine overdose!
In the 2013 MIYHS, Kennebec County students were asked, if they drank without their parents permission, would they be caught? What percent of youth said "probably not or definitely not" ? A) 23% B) 45% C) 65% D) 14%
C) 65%
True or False. A 12 oz beer is equal to one 1.5 oz shot of alcohol.
True* 12 oz beer= 1.5 oz shot = 5 oz glass of wine ** This means that the body can only metabolize one of these per hour!
Name three reasons why teens decide to drink?
Peer pressure, stress, curiosity, increased independence, etc.
According to the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, how many youths in Kennebec county (ages 14-18) reported drinking at least one alcoholic drink in the past 30 days? A) 12% B) 45% C) 26% D) 6%
C) 26%
Name two physical health problems that can happen to your lungs from smoking
Lung cancer, lung disease, emphysema, bronchitis, pneumonia, etc.
According to the MIYHS, what percent of youth (14-18) in Kennebec County reported using marijuana at least once in the past 30 days? A) 13% B) 56% C) 20% D) 6%
C) 20%. This is lower than the percent for the entire state of Maine, which was 21.6%
How many drinks is considered binge drinking?
Binge drinking as described in the United States is the consumption of five or more drinks in a row by men-- or four or more drinks in a row by women.
Name two potential consequences for driving under the influence as a minor in Maine. (DUI)
*Fines, license suspension, jail time, probation, community service, injury, death *You will lose your license for one year, and an additional 6 months if you have a passenger in the car who is also under 21.
On average, how many underage alcohol related deaths occur annually in Maine? A) 3 B) 56 C) 15 D) 22
D)15 **Annually in the United States, 5,000 youth under the age of 21 die from automobile crashes, homicide, suicide and other accidents while under the influence of alcohol.
What is the fine in Maine for possession of tobacco as a minor? (Anyone under the legal age of 18)
Your parents let you host a party and the police come. Name one consequence your parents may face.
A maximum of one year in jail, and up to a $2,000 fine. If someone is killed, they can be charged with a felony and they can be sued.
Alcohol is categorized as a ______, which slows the central nervous system.
Alcohol is a depressant. This means that it causes lower levels of awareness in the brain. Depressants are known to cause drowsiness, decreased inhibition, anesthesia, sleep, coma, and even death.
What is the fine for an underage youth if they are caught with possession of alcohol in Maine? *Illegal possession is any person under the age of 21 to possess liquor or imitation liquor except if it is within the scope of their employment or in their home in the presence of their parent.
•1st Offense $200 to $400 •2nd Offense $300 to $600 •3rd or Subsequent Offenses $600
What percent of Maine 12th graders surveyed reported drinking alcohol at least once in their lifetime? A) 56% B) 32% C)45% D) 68.3%
D) 68.3% *Of students surveyed in Kennebec County (ages 14-18), in the 2013 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, 50.9% reported having at least one drink in their lifetime*
The 2013 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey asked youth in Kennebec County (ages 14-18) "If you wanted cigarettes, how easy would it be to get them?" What percent of students said "It would be sort of easy or very easy" ? A) 23% B) 60% C) 76% D) 13%
What is the KV Tip number? A)867-5309 B)274-637 C)456-876 D)938-5843
B) 274-637
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