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By age 18, 70% of teens have had at least 1 drink
The dangers of teen drinking are endless, especially when something goes wrong. The alcohol slows down the entire body, and the ability to make good decisions is lost. If someone passes out, or there is an emergency, no one knows what to do, said a representative from the Northwest Fire District.
Energy drinks mixed with alcohol are becoming a popular choice for underage drinkers. With a high alcohol content mixed with caffeine, the drinks are considered to be more dangerous than alcohol alone. Due to the effects, the Food and Drug Administration has cracked down on drink manufacturers, requiring them to remove the high caffeine content. Companies such as Phusion Projects, the maker of the popular drink Four Loko, seen above, was one of those warned by the FDA. Even with the changes being made, energy drinks remain popular among teen drinkers.
The medicine cabinet is quickly becoming the local drug dealer, according to law enforcement officials. Besides experimenting with binge drinking, teenagers are also taking prescription drugs at an increasingly high rate.