(ClayPool 2) That is about half of the students in a public school. 1.9 million teens from the day they turned twelve to the age of twenty are considered heavy drinkers. (Well-connected 21) But only twelve out of fifteen actually have a problem drinking alcoholic beverages. (Goodwin 63) Many teens die in traffic accidents each day from the age sixteen to nineteen. There has been around 2,700 teens in the United States killed and almost 321,000 were treated for injuries suffered by motor-vehicle crashes, but then were released to go home.
Everyone has issues in life, because no one is perfect. Some advantages that people think drugs have are: having a group of friends, doing something exciting, coping with stress, and helping with problems like shyness, sleep ... ... middle of paper ... ... alcohol. I think it is really overrated and it should be harder to obtain, because most teens are so irresponsible. I think the consequences of drunk driving should be extremely more severe than they are currently. If some teens want to drink in their house and have a game night, then I definitely think that is ok.
The article substantiates this claim by citing a study conducted by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The article also touches on the problem of alcohol used by parents though the primary focus of this piece is about teenage drinking. The purpose of the article is to jolt readers into an awareness of the magnitude of the problem of teenage drinkiing. Most people know that teenagers like to experiment, try the new and forbidden, but the Center assumes that no one is fully aware of how serious this problem can be if it is not addressed. Although this article does show the magnitude of the problem of teenage drinking, it doers not touch many people or clarify what we can do about it and the lack of clarity is an important factor that limits its impact.
The good news is they do designate drivers. Nearly two thirds of drinking teenagers always establish a designated driver when drinking with friends. The age when young people are taking their first drink is becoming lower each year. Many studies show that preteens are experimenting with alcohol and many are already heavy drinkers. It may be difficult for parents and teachers to believe that a seventh grade student can have an alcohol problem, but a study of student drinking practices shows that 5% of seventh-grade boys and 4.4% of seventh-grade girls are seriously abusing alcohol.
Students in this generation have plenty of distractions that take them away from fully focusing on school; therefore, if the age was lowered, students would only worry about the next party instead of their next class. Also, excessive amounts of alcohol have been proven to kill vital brain cells, and brain cells do not replicate like other cells within the body. The brain is not fully developed until age twenty-one, so an eighteen year old should not be killing brain cells necessary for everyday communication and decision making. In order for students to excel, they need minimal stress and minimal distractions. Alcohol will only increase stress and increase distractions, so students should refrain from any type of alcohol related activity.
Thus, we drink. We drink not because we remotely enjoy it, yet because maybe we doing this will help us get noticed by that cute girl, or propel us into popularity. Peer pressure is without a doubt a societal menace spreading across high schools in the United States that cannot be so easily halted. When a teenager commits such a heinous act to society such as drinking, perhaps some forgiveness should be bestowed upon him given the fact that this is expected of him. We learn not by constant lectures, or criticism, but by the committing mistakes.
In one year, 522 children underage 14 were arrested for driving while intoxicated (113 of them were under 10 years old). Seventy percent of all teenagers drink alcohol. Sixty percent of all deaths in vehicle accidents are teen alcohol related. Why is it high number for teenagers? There are many explanations for the disproportionately number of teen car accidents alcohol related – explains that from misconceptions about teenagers can conquer to increase personal freedom.
The fourth question was, "Have you ever drank alcohol before driving and 68% said yes! One of the last questions I asked was, "What would you do if you killed someone drinking and driving?" The majority replied that they could not live with themselves. Just through talking to people and going to parties, I have seen most people drink to get drunk, not many people drink just a drink or two. Many students don't feel that drinking is a crime because they are not hurting any one unless they are driving drunk.
Although there are many ways to attempt to treat alcoholism, we find few solutions to be effective (Underage Drinking, 2012). Alcoholism is defined as a disorder characterized by the excessive consumption of and dependence on alcoholic beverages, leading to physical and psychological harm and impaired social and vocational functioning. Alcohol is a huge problem in high school and in college. Twenty-one may be the legal drinking age, but some how minors find a way to get a hold of alcohol. People as young as fifteen are able to get their hands on an alcoholic beverage.
Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that adolescents consume without thinking of the consequences it has on their developing bodies. There has always been a debate on whether it would be appropriate to reduce the drinking age as it was before. After much research, I am opposed to reducing the drinking age. In my opinion, reducing the drinking age would just cause further problems for the youth. Although it is common for people to view drinking alcohol as a fairly typical activity for adolescents and young adults, what many fail to realize is the harsh reality alcohol carries.