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Age, drinking, and judgment

Delaying the age at which young people take their first drink lowers their risk of becoming problem drinkers. That's reason enough to talk to the teenagers in your life about alcohol, but it's not the only one. For adolescents ages 15 to 20, alcohol is implicated in more than a third of deaths from automobile accidents and about two-fifths of drownings. Drinking interferes with good judgment, leading young people into risky behavior and…

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