Topics: Drinking culture, Alcoholism, Alcohol abuse Pages: 3 (1252 words) Published: December 10, 2012
Teen Drinking is becoming more and more of a problem every day in this country, teens are thinking drinking is cool, but little do they know it is slowly destroying them. So how do we put a stop to underage drinking? The legal drinking age is twenty one, yet people under the legal age are still drinking. The consequences’ of teen drinking are outrageous! They can suffer by causing brain damage, drinking and driving, suicide, engaging in sexual behavior, and many other risks. What are the exact risks teen’s question? , how can it really hurt them, but more importantly, what are the ways to prevent it all together.

Since the drinking age was passed in 1984 teen drinking was seeing a decline on the charts, but today the rates are seeing an incline. Teens are reporting that alcohol is easier than ever to get, this is including 61% of eighth graders, 80% of sophomores, and 90% of seniors (“21 is the legal”). In the year 2004, eleven percent of all the alcohol consumed was by people between the ages of 12 to 20. The majority of this was consumed in the form of binge drinking, over 90% of it to be exact. Binge drinking is a form of drinking; it usually means instead of having just one or two drinks in one period of time, that specific person is consuming more than five drinks (“underage,” 2004). Most teen parties are parties where there is only one kind of drinking, binge drinking. I know firsthand that parties or “get-togethers” are like this. These teens are coming to a certain house and drinking from the time they arrive until they either pass out or have to leave, but how are they getting home? The leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 20 are car accidents. Out of those accidents 1,900 people under the age of 21 die from wrecks involving underage drinking. Younger individuals who have alcohol in their system are more likely to suffer from impairment of their driving skills, than someone that is of age to drink (“dangers,” 2004). Another big risk that...
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