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Stop underage drinking: Think before you drink

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Underage drinking is a growing concern in Thailand but it is not too late to do something about it. Teens who drink alcohol can easily get involved in a string of problems, from physical injuries to legal trouble. The Thai Foundation for Responsible Drinking (TFRD), an independent organisation promoting a more responsible drinking culture in Thailand, has recently launched the campaign “R U 20?” to combat underage drinking by creating anti-drinking awareness among adolescents. 

Adolescents are more vulnerable to the danger of alcohol than adults. Alcohol can seriously damage and/or disrupt their brain development. The longer teenagers delay drinking alcohol, the more their brains have the chance to reach full potential and the higher the chance that they will grow into capable adults.

Presumably the most serious problem stemming from underage drinking is drunk driving among teenagers. More and more people under the age of 20 die every year from car crashes involving underage drinking. Because alcohol causes inefficient control of mind and body, driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous. Drunk driving not only causes death to the driver but also to other innocent people. 

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