Simply put, alcohol is dangerous. It’s difficult to convey that underlying message, because most of what you see on TV and hear about adulthood centers on the idea that drinking is fun.

A drunk driving arrest is a humiliating black mark on your record you truly don’t want—ask anyone who’s gotten one. Sexual assaults are often fueled by alcohol. Addiction can set on quickly and ruin lives. The list of pitfalls is lengthy. We don’t mean to use scare tactics, but it’s impossible to overstate the dangers of drinking at a young age. Don’t let alcohol derail your future before it begins.