Alcohol Awareness



  • Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for teenagers.
  • Alcohol related car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States.
  • Alcohol is the number one drug problem in America.
  • If you think it can’t happen to you, look around. Check your school’s yearbooks for the last ten years. How many have been dedicated to a student who was killed in a drunk driving crash?
  • Ask your friends how many people they know who have had bad things happen to them while they were drinking.
  • You don’t even have to be the one doing the drinking — most teenage passenger deaths are the result of alcohol-impaired teenage drivers.

How Does Alcohol Affect You?

  • You see double, speech slurs, you lose your sense of distance.
  • Alcohol loosens inhibitions; you make bad judgements that can result in car crashes, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, or rape.
  • A significant proportion of violent crimes and vandalism among and by youth involve alcohol.
  • Using alcohol can cost you your freedom. You can be grounded by parents, lose your driver’s license, or even end up in jail.

Some More Facts About Alcohol

  • Drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, or breathing fresh air will not sober you up. The only thing that sobers you up is time.
  • One beer, one shot of whiskey, and one glass of wine all have the same amount of alcohol. Don’t fall for the notion that beer and wine are less intoxicating than hard liquors.
  • Only 3-5% of alcoholics are what we think of as bums. Most alcoholics are just like people you know. Anyone can become an alcoholic — young, old, rich, poor, married, single, employed, or out of work.
  • The earlier young people start drinking and using drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted.
  • Alcohol ages and damages the brain.

For Information…

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
P.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20852
1-800-SAY-NO-TO, 1-301-468-2600, 1-800-662-HELP

This information is provided by the Cranford Police Community Policing Unit and the National Crime Prevention Council. You can reach the Community Policin Unit at 908-272-8989.