Underage Drinking

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Underage Drinking???

By a show of hands, how many people in this classroom are under the age of 21? As you look around the classroom, you will see that all of you are under this age. Now think to yourself, even though you are under the age of 21, does it mean that no one in this classroom has ever tried alcohol? According to Prof. Rosenberg from the Psychological Bulletin 1993, alcohol is the most serious problem facing teenagers. We are all students in high school and most likely gone to a party with alcohol. Being a high school student and under the age of 21, I have researched this topic of underage drinking because I thought this issue would be extremely beneficial to all of us since we are in high school & will most likely be going through experiences involving alcohol. Today I'm here to convince you to think twice about picking up that next bottle of alcohol. First, I will talk about why teenagers should not have alcohol. Next, I'll discuss why teens are not responsible enough to drink and lastly I'll explain how alcohol is not good for your health.

Let's begin by talking about why teenagers should not have alcohol. Underage drinking is illegal in all 50 states. The tolerance that police have for a teenager drinking and driving is absolutely zero. Most parents who find out that their child has been drinking are not pleased with it. Underage drinking is a crime. It is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable with a maximum sentence of 6 months incapacitation and a $1000.00 fine. Not only is underage drinking against the law, but it is endangering the person's life, as well as others, especially at parties. As you can see on this survey from the George Mason Univ. & West Chester Univ. in 1997, alcohol was involved in more than two-thirds of all the crime incidents last year that occurred. This survey involved 330 students throughout the country. From the PSU Police Safety Services, the actual offenses of liquor in 2000 were 125 people and...
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