Alcohol is a legal depressant, a liquid obtained by fermentation of carbohydrates by yeast or by distillation. There are many different types of alcohol, but Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) is the type of alcohol that is used to make alcoholic beverages. In the province of Ontario you can legally serve alcohol at 18 years old, however, you must be at least 19 to legally drink alcohol.  Alcohol is a drug that young people are most likely to try. The average age at which students consume their first alcoholic beverage is 12.9.


Signs and Symptoms of impairment by alcohol

  • Dilated pupils
  • Relaxed state of mind
  • Euphoria, reduced inhibitions
  • Speech and motor skill interference
  • Agitation
  • Can be combative, confused, loss of coordination
  • Respiratory depression
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Vomiting
  • Wavering states of consciousness


Underage Drinking & Consequences

  • Parents can give alcohol to their own children in their own home
  • Parents cannot give or supply alcohol to other children unless they are over 19 years old
  • Parents cannot give alcohol to their children in someone else’s home, nor can they give them alcohol in public
  • A child’s brain is still developing into their 20’s.  Alcohol can affect proper brain development.  This is some of the reason the legal drinking age is 19
  • Alcohol slows down the way the body functions, including the brain and can cause children to do or say things they would normally not do or say, including aggressive or sexual things


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