Raising the Drinking Age

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Bobby Gay
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10-29-2012
Raising the Drinking Age
Each year, there is talk as to whether underage is that big of deal and if the drinking age should be lowered, raised, or just remain the same. I feel as if underage drinking is not okay and many unnecessary deaths are caused each year because of teens engaging in underage drinking. If anything, raising the drinking age to twenty five years of age would help ensure less deaths due to drunk driving or DUI’s. Therefore, laws against underage drinking should still be enforced and the drinking age should be raised in order to prevent more death or any other negative effects associated with underage drinking. Now, there are many reports of deaths due to underage drinking.

Every year, teens drinking alcohol kills over 6,000 of them, which is more than all illegal drugs deaths combined. Studies have shown that teens get drunk twice as fast and have a harder time than most adults when it comes to knowing when they have had enough to drink. It has also been show that underage drinking has led to unplanned, unprotected sex which many of those have led to pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (MAAD 2011). It has also been shown that the younger the teenagers are, the more likely that they will engage in substance use and end up with an alcoholic abuse problem. Now, alcoholic not only affects teenage lives, but also their education.

Two-thirds of teens with most A’s on their report cards have been shown to be non drinkers and those teen students who are known to be drinkers reported having mostly D’s and F’s on their report cards. Also, those students who have been shown to have started drinking by the seventh have more academic problems, substance use, and delinquent behavior in both middle school and high school compared to those teens that do not drink alcohol (MAAD 2011).

Now, we know that driving under the influence is dangerous not only for teens but for adults as well. However, teens are...
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