MYTH: Adolescents who drink at a younger age are less
likely to drink excessively when they get older. FACT: Adolescents who start drinking before the age of 15 are
four times more likely to meet the
criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives than those
that wait until they are 21.
MYTH: Alcohol consumption isn’t dangerous for
adolescents. FACT: Alcohol use, particularly in excessive amounts, poses many
risks to health and can have significant effects, both on physical and mental
MYTH: Alcohol kills brain cells. FACT: While alcohol does not kill your brain cells, the repeated
use of alcohol does affect functions in the brain, such as impaired memory and thinking ability.
MYTH: Alcohol helps you sleep better. FACT: While alcohol may initially help you fall asleep,
alcohol makes it difficult for you to remain in deep sleep, interfering
with the quality of your sleep.
MYTH: People with alcohol use disorders will never be able
to recover from their addiction. FACT: Recovery is possible.
About Gateway Foundation
Since 1968 our goal has been
straightforward: to help clients get their life back on track and achieve
a life of sobriety, free from drug use and symptoms of mental illness,
that is productive, socially responsible and healthy. Gateway
Foundation is the largest nonprofit treatment provider in the country
that specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, providing
treatment for men, women, adolescents and clients diagnosed with
co-occurring mental health disorders.
Gateway's professional clinicians help thousands of individuals
successfully complete treatment by developing a personalized plan that
treats the underlying causes of substance abuse—not just addiction to
drugs or alcohol.
Call 877.505.HOPE (4673) to learn more about our treatment