Why do some use drugs or alcohol?

  • To relax
  • To feel good
  • To fit in
  • To feel more comfortable  around people
  • To make sex easier

What do drugs or alcohol have to do with sex and pregnancy?

Drugs and alcohol change the way you think and act when you use them.  When you take drugs or drink alcohol, you might make a risky decision like having sex when you don’t want to or having sex without a condom.  Because drugs and alcohol affect your thinking, some people might also take advantage of you if you are drunk or high by making you have sex or not using a condom during sex.  Basically, you are put at risk for:

  • Date rape
  • Assault/abuse
  • Unplanned pregnancy

What’s so bad about drugs and alcohol?

First, alcohol is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age.  Also, most kinds or drugs (not including ones prescribed from the doctor) are illegal for everyone.  If you get caught with drugs or alcohol you could get in a lot of trouble including paying a fine (money), community service, or in serious cases being put in jail.

Drugs and alcohol may feel good at first, but once the good feeling wears off you are usually left with a crash of bad feelings afterwards.  This is often called a hangover.  With many drugs you are left wanting more and more of the drug to give you that ‘high’ feeling.  Over time you may become addicted.  There are also many bad side effects from drugs and alcohol including:

  • Health problems like cancer, impotence (can’t get an erection), liver problems, poor health.
  • Mood swings
  • Can’t make good decisions
  • Memory loss

Because of all of this it is better to live a healthy life without using drugs or alcohol.  

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 Helpful Resources:


Above the Influence

A website with information on drugs, alcohol, and how they affect your life.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Committed to helping those addicted to alcohol end their addictions.
7429 W. Greenfield Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Fighting Back Milwaukee 

Developing effective, measureable strategies to counter alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse (ATODA) in Milwaukee County. Click here for a list of programs that Fighting Back Milwaukee sponsors.


6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2225
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Marijuana Anonymous

Offering help to those who want to stop using Marijuanna.

Under 21 Alcohol & Drug Crisis Line
1-866-661-6797 or
Text: 95495, Keyword: MPOWER

NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse

Get facts on drugs and alcohol and how they affect you.

New Concept Self Development Center, Inc.
4828 W Fond du Lac Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53216 

Substance Abuse Treatment Services Locator

Find a place that can help you with drug or alcohol abuse near you.

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