Guam's Underage Drinking Laws Updated:
Find out more about Guam's Underage Drinking laws.
It is expected that youth will try new things, but trying alcohol at a young age can be riskier than you might think. More than two decades of research from the American Medical Association (AMA) shows that alcohol causes severe and possibly lasting brain damage in people under the age of 21. This is of great concern because some children on Guam try alcohol for the first time at the age of 8.
Alcohol used by minors because it affects the bodies and minds of young people more than adults. Why? Because young people’s bodies are smaller, the same amount of alcohol hits them harder. Young people also are growing, so alcohol can change the way the brain and other organs develop.
Advertisements try to make drinking seem “cool” and fun. Research clearly indicates that alcohol advertising and marketing strategies have a significant impact by influencing the attitudes of parents, youth and their peers and helping to create an environment that promotes underage drinking. Parents and peers have a large impact on youth decisions to drink.
According to experts, if you are a male who has five or more drinks in a row or you are a female who has four or more drinks in a row, then you can be classified as a binge drinker.
Did you know? It takes the body TWO hours to process the alcohol in one drink, whether it is...
Alcohol Poisoning: What you need to know
Alcohol poisoning is a severe elevation of the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) which may lead to coma and death, resulting from consumption of large amounts of alcohol.
Everyone has a different tolerance for alcohol. What is relatively safe for one person can be lethal for another. Some people have died after drinking the same amount of alcohol as their friends who survived.
A young person who consumes five or more drinks at one time can die by gagging on his or her own vomit or by passing out and lapsing into a coma.
Warning Signs of Alcohol Poisoning...
These are the common signs of alcohol poisoning. Watch out if a friend, aquaintance, or family member...
drinks excessively (four or five drinks in one sitting)
does not respond to being talked to or shouted at
does not respond to being pinched, prodded, or poked
won't wake up despite repeated attempts
vomits while passed out and doesn't wake up after vomitting
has slow breathing (fewer than six breaths per minute)
has bluish or purplish skin, or skin that appears flushed
has clammy skin, or skin that feels cool to the touch
has an irregular pulse rate, or if the pulse becomes slower than 40 beats per minute
has an irregular heart rhythm, with the heart beating unusually slowly or unusually quickly
You may have friends who have tried alcohol. You may hear people brag about what they drink. But you don’t have to drink alcohol to fit in . The fact is that most pre-teens and teens aren’t drinking alcohol.
Underage Drinking Laws...Find out what laws are in place to prevent underage drinking on Guam.
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