We know you'll be tempted with drugs, usually from your friends. They'll tell you how good it will make you feel, or how cool you'll be. If you don't go along, maybe they call you names.
Don't let peer pressure get to you.
We invite you to visit a very informative site, abovetheinfluence.com, which can provide some real facts that may be useful. Click here to visit.
Here's a sample from the site about alcohol use:
Alcohol is a depressant that affects every part of your body. The damage it does now can impact the rest of your life.
Drink, booze, brew, hooch, moonshine
Alcohol is a depressant derived from the natural fermentation of fruits, vegetables and grains. These are brewed and distilled into a wide range of beverages with various alcohol contents.
You may hear that it will loosen you up and help you relax. What you may not hear is that it can damage the part of your brain that controls coordination, memory, judgment and decision-making.1 Straight up, drinking makes you dumber—you may slur your words and lose coordination, and your reactions will become slower.
If you drink a lot and drink fast (binge drinking) you really put yourself in danger. With binge drinking, the depressant (or dumbing) effects of alcohol can overwhelm the body's defenses. Unable to move and think clearly, you can do stupid, risky and reckless things that are unsafe, or even lethal. Each year, approximately 5,000 people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking. This includes about 1,900 deaths from car accidents, 1,600 homicides, 300 suicides, and hundreds of other deaths due to accidents like falls, burns and drownings.3
Alcohol travels through your bloodstream and damages your brain, stomach, liver, kidneys and muscles. As a teenager, your body is still developing, so damage done to it now will affect the rest of your life.3 Over time, drinking destroys your body and your looks, so all that work you've done to look good, keep strong and stay fit goes down the drain fast.
Yes, it's legal for people 21 and older. One reason is that alcohol can have seriously dangerous, long-term impacts on a body and brain that are still developing. Also, statistics show that more teens are killed by alcohol than by all illegal drugs combined.
The QCAA Force Red 4th Grade team, coached by Rob Heath and Joe McDonough, finished 12th at this week's Amatuer Athletic Union 4th Grade national championships in Mooresville.
The team received a trophy and each player received large medals to commemorate their accomplishment.
QCAA's other fourth grade team, the 4th Grade Force, also placed at nationals. That team finished sixth.
Pictured left to right: coach Joe McDonough Sr., Joe McDonough Jr., Jack Turner, Zach Villegas (front hands clapsed), Cole Callaway (rear), Alexander Margulis, Daevin Hobbs, coach Rob Heath
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