Compare and Contrast - Drinkers vs. Smokers

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Mike Tembreull
EN 101
Compare and Contrast Essay
Throughout my teenage years, I’ve known many peers that involve themselves in mind-altering activities on the weekends. Whether it is at parties, social events or just hanging out in basements, the majority of teens generally enjoy being intoxicated. I believe that this crowd of kids fit into two groups narrowed down to their preferences: drinkers and smokers. Drinkers are people who enjoy alcoholic beverages, and smokers are those who enjoy marijuana. Some may think that these substances are too similar to be compared; they’re both illegal (for teens) and known to have harmful health effects to the users. Experience with both has taught me these drugs actually are very different and from what I’ve observed, fit two contrasting personalities.

Alcohol is the most socially accepted form of intoxication. It is enjoyed by almost everyone, from underprivileged teenagers to middle aged millionaires. The majority of people relate drinking to a good time. With moderate use, it creates an improvement in mood, increased self confidence, increased sociability, and a mild euphoria. Drinking helps people release their inhibitions, most likely bringing out the more playful characteristics in them. These qualities are more suited for parties or informal social events where people can have fun without fear of being judged. The personality of a drinker from my observations has been an entertaining, high energy person that isn’t afraid to go somewhere they haven’t gone or meet new people. Drinkers like to have fun in an environment of sociable people that are in an outgoing mood as well. This type of person doesn’t mind getting out of their comfort zone and living life to the fullest, not being intimidated by new experiences. While drinkers must always be cautious about their actions under the influence, and alcohol consumption short term and long term; I think of this as the more fun way of being intoxicated.

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