Alcohol is the predominant drug in our society. It is on every street corner, in
most homes, and is heavily advertised to young adults. Many teenagers mimic this
behavior to gain a sense of maturity or a feeling of rebellion in a period of life that creates
Unfortunately, the actions of these teens who choose to drink can have dire
consequences. Many of those consequences are involved with vehicles: Cars, youth, and
booze are a dangerous combination that causes over 2000 deaths yearly in people under
twenty one. Another danger is alcohol poisoning. It is where an individual consumes an
excessive amount of alcohol in a short amount of time, causing the body’s functions to
slow. Therefore, the heart rate, gag reflex, and breathing is effected and can cause one to
fall into a coma, stopped breathing, gag on their own vomit and or stop a heart commonly
followed by death. This is an often occurrence in most “house” parties, where other teens
will be preoccupied with their own consumption that they become oblivious to their
fellow drinker and not take action once the drinker has passed out. It is common for
many teenage drinkers to fall out of consciousness continued with vomiting and careless
actions. This negligence, lack of knowledge of emergency situations and lack of maturity
creates environments that can result in tragedy.
Another extreme facet of drinking has recently been discovered in underage
groups. That is binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as drinking a large volume of
alcohol in a very short period of time. This is estimated around five drinks in a row
multiple times in a two week period.
Binge drinking impairs judgment, can cause alcohol poisoning, high blood
pressure, change emotions, or lead to alcoholism. Chronic binge drinking has
complications as well, including severe liver & heart damage as well as...