The Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise: For those who drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly and in moderation. However, some people are wise to avoid alcoholic drinks entirely. Besides the risks mentioned earlier, avoid drinking . . .
. . . ifyou 're a teenager or a child. Young people should not drink. That includes new fortified fruit-flavored wines and hard (alcoholic) ciders. Since the risk of alcohol dependence goes up when drinking starts at an early age, kids who drink can set themselves up for the same health-related risks that adults have. For inexperienced teenage drivers, alcohol and driving is a very risky combination. Besides, buying alcoholic beverages is illegal in the United States for anyone under age twenty-one.
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