Editorial On Drinking

opinion Essay
776 words
776 words

I walked into the house where the "party of the century" was going to be held. I was psyched to be going. At the time I was a little naive freshman invited to my first official high school party at a senior’s house. I was at the party no more than 30 minutes when this boy offered me a drink. Thinking nothing of it, I agreed. He brought back a half-filled cup.

Before I took a sip, I recognized a familiar smell, one I really couldn’t my finger on. It wasn’t Pepsi and I knew it wasn’t Sprite. Then it hit me, I was being offered alcohol. I was only a freshman, and I was being offered a glass of alcohol. My first glass of alcohol. I could not believe it.

Was this what growing up meant? Being able to drink and do exactly what my parents and teachers had been telling me not to do for as long as I could remember? I looked around the room, and saw other people drinking the same stuff, then I saw them stumbling around, and some were in the corner puking. This never happens to the people on the beer commercials on TV, why should it happen to these kids?

As I saw these people, my peers, the truth finally hit me, alcohol isn’t for teenagers, no matter what the commercials say. Not only does alcohol make you look ridiculous, it’s illegal for people my age to be drinking. In a survey conducted by the Associated Press in 1998, almost half of the American teenagers were drinkers. This same substance I had been told to refuse my entire childhood was being consumed by nearly half of my peers. According to that same survey, nearly 9 out of 10 teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 years of age had their first alcoholic beverage after their 11th birthday. At this point, was I suppose to become a statistic or be that one out of ten people who doesn’t use alcohol?

In D.A.R.E., the drug education program children are taught up until they enter high school, they always tell you to “Just Say No”, but I bet they have no clue what goes through the mind of naive teenagers who see all of their peers having a “great time” while they try to be the good kid and refuse.

In this essay, the author

  • Describes how they were psyched to be invited to the 'party of the century' when a naive freshman invited them to their first official high school party. thinking nothing of it, they agreed.
  • Narrates how they recognized a familiar smell, which was not pepsi, and knew it wasn't sprite. then it hit them, when they were offered alcohol.
  • Explains that growing up meant being able to drink and do exactly what their parents and teachers had been telling them not to do for as long as they could remember.
  • Opines that alcohol isn't for teenagers, no matter what commercials say. in a 1998 associated press survey, almost half of the american teens were drinkers, and nearly 9 out of 10 teens had their first alcoholic beverage after their 11th birthday.
  • Opines that helping teenagers say no against peer pressure is an obvious solution. alcohol impairs judgement, distorts vision, hearing, and coordination, alters perceptions and emotions.
  • Recommends eliminating alcohol commercials that show children and young adults that drinking is glorious. they recall seeing a commercial with two beautiful models fighting over which beer would make them skinnier.
  • Explains that a kidcom marketing study found the budweiser frogs, penguins and lizards were american children's favorite ads. their parents taught them that drinking was wrong.
  • Narrates how they refused the drink in their hand proudly at that party. they were strong enough to "just say no", but worry about some of their friends.
  • Opines that it is time to end what we have started and help prepare our future generations to be the best they can be, and still be substance free.
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