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magnifies the potential for harm to yourself and to others. The more risk behaviors you participate in, the more likely you are to experience negative consequences at some point. Cumulative risks can and do occur in all areas of health and safety. cumulative risks 19 Lesson 3 Your Behavior and Reducing Health Risks Analyzing Risk Behaviors Review Figure 1.2 on page 18. Your teacher will provide you with additional information on youth risk behaviors or instruct you on how to access this information. Using the statistics in Figure 1.2 and the additional information you obtained, create a convincing poem, poster, song lyric, or cartoon advocating for risk-reducing behavior among your peers. Share your advocacy message with other students in your class or school. A C T A C T I V I T Y I V I T Y Choose one category of personal health risk factors: Behaviors that may contribute to intentional and unintentional injuries Tobacco use Alcohol and other drug use Sexual behaviors that contribute to unplanned pregnancy, STIs, and HIV Unhealthy dietary behaviors Physical inactivity
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Abstaining from Risk Behaviors he only way to avoid the consequences of some of the most T serious risk behaviors is to practice abstinence. is avoiding harmful behaviors, including the use of tobacco, alco- hol, and other drugs and sexual activity before marriage. Abstaining from Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs When you abstain from using tobacco, alco- hol, and other drugs, you avoid many nega- tive consequences. Using these substances harms all aspects of your health. The phys- ical and psychological effects are well doc- umented; these substances can cause addiction and can seriously harm the body. They can even cause death. Substance use often isolates a person from family and friends, a negative effect on social health. There are legal consequences as well— it is illegal for people under 21 to purchase, pos- sess, or consume alcohol. People under 18 cannot purchase tobacco, and many states restrict purchas- ing to people over 21. The purchase and use of other drugs are illegal for all people, no matter what their age. Abstaining from Sexual Activity Abstinence from sexual activity is the preferred choice of behav- ior for unmarried persons of high-school age. Why? Abstinence from sexual activity protects teens against many negative conse- quences. Even teens who have been sexually active in the past can choose abstinence. Teens who abstain from sexual activity; never have to worry about unplanned pregnancy. Sexual abstinence is the only method that is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. will not be faced with the difficult decisions associated with unplanned pregnancy, such as being a single parent. will not have to take on the many responsibilities of caring for a child.
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