By Meri, age 13, Georgia

Peer pressure can be found anywhere, particularly in middle and high school. Teenagers today are being pressured to do things they know are not right. One of the biggest pressures in high school is alcohol. To make matters worse, they are driving while drinking it. In 2003, 21 percent of the children under 15 years old killed in motor vehicle accidents died in alcohol related crashes.

A few reasons why teenage girls take their first drink:

1. popularity
2. a better body
3. boyfriends
4. "cool friends"
5. dealing with depression

A few reasons why teenage boys take their first drink:

1. popularity
2. girlfriends
3. control
4. "buff bod"
5. stress

As you can see, both guys and girls suffer the same types of problems. So if you think you're the only one out there with issues, you're wrong.

Many think that alcohol is completely harmless, and if grown-ups can do it, so can we. While adults have significant alcohol problems too, their bodies can handle more, while minors' bodies are still growing.

Besides the possibility of killing somebody or yourself in a car accident, you can also do serious damage to your body and your mind. Alcohol can damage your esophagus, brain, heart, lungs, liver, stomach, kidneys, small intestines, pancreas, reproductive system, blood, joints, and muscles. There is a drinking age for a reason. The next time you pick up a drink, think about the damage it can cause for you and everyone around you.

If you know someone who is an underage drinker, please show them this article, and maybe you can make a difference.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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