DAMIEN LOVEGROVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAMIEN LOVEGROVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Teenagers drinking and smoking. Young teenage girls smoking and drinking beer outdoors. The alcohol in beer acts as a depressant on the nervous system, reducing anxiety and inhibitions. Smoking tobacco cigarettes can temporarily lift the mood as they contain the addictive nerve stimulant nicotine. Children and teenagers may start drinking or smoking as an experiment or due to peer pressure. Long term alcohol consumption can lead to dependence and irreversible damage to the heart, liver, brain and nervous system. Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, coronary artery disease and asthma.
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