The Aftermath of Teenage Drinking
In America today many cultures use alcohol in many different occasions, For instance when toasting at weddings its ceremonial to pop champagne, as well wine is served during the Christian communion, or just simply going out to a club or bar to celebrate birthdays. The legal drinking age throughout the United States is 21. However we all know majority of high school students have tried alcohol. When drinking at an early age it can lead to alcoholism. Despite the fact that drinking is so much fun, it’s such a widespread and terrible problem. Drinking usually leads to sitting around having hilarious conversations with friends or people you don’t know. Deciding whether to drink is a personal decision that we each eventually have to make, but drinking at a young age in America has proven to be reckless and irresponsible and can lead to negative consequences. In the history of the United States, Prohibition, also known as The Noble Experiment, is the period from 1919-1933, during which the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption were banned nationally as mandated in the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. About half a million people were thrown in jail and millions of dollars were spent to enforce the law. During this time thousands of people were killed when enforcing the law. One of the terrible consequences of the prohibition was that it put money into the pockets of organized crime in the United States. Gangsters like Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone ruled the under world and sale of alcohol estimated to be a 250 million dollar business (Defining Moments Prohibition, Jeff Hill). Then the United States realized that it was a failure and decided to end prohibition and let people do whatever they like with alcohol. Although alcohol was legalized there was no age limit of who could drink it. Wikipedia states, “ The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 was passed on July 17, 1984 by the United States Congress as a mechanism whereby all states would become thereafter required to legislate the age of 21 years as a minimum age for purchasing and publicly possessing alcoholic beverages.” Consequently alcohol has been and still penetrates our society with negative behaviors. Even though the law says 21 is the age permitted for drinking under age drinking still happens in America. The younger you are when you start drinking, the greater your chance of becoming addicted to alcohol at some point in your life. Above the Influence a teenage advocacy group states, “More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before the age of 15 eventually become alcoholics.” Drinking at a young age is dangerous because that is the time when your brain is developing. Therefore drinking at a young age can cause memory damage and leave some people brain dead. According to gdcada.org, “Alcohol is the most commonly used and widely abused psychoactive drug in the world.” Some youth watch their parents drink and think its ok for them to do the same. The legal age to drink is 21 but it doesn’t stop kids from drinking. In fact if anything it fosters really dysfunctional and self-destructive drinking habits. When you prohibit the consumption of alcohol as well as legal and illegal substances what you get are stupid self-destructive behaviors. When you tell someone especially a teenager you cant do that and its something they are curious about it makes them want to do it ten times more. I don’t think the drinking age being 21 stopped anyone I know from drinking. Alcohol satisfies natural human cravings; efforts to completely prohibit it are doomed to fail. In fact teens can even acquire a fake I.D. to buy alcohol before they’re 21. When teenagers abuse alcohol it leads to long-term health problems. Under age drinkers put themselves at risk for early dementia and liver failure not to mention other complications. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the...
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