Persuasive Essay On Underage Drinking

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Underage drinking is a serious concern on a national and state level. It can have serious health, safety, and economic consequences. Therefore, the legal drinking age should remain at 21. While most people would consider alcohol to be a normal part of teen life, they are not realizing the damaging effects on society that alcohol can have. What one must look at are the myths and realities about underage alcohol abuse. Serious health, safety, and economic consequences of underage drinking on a national level may include impairment in human brain development, financial costs in the $68 billion range (or $1 for every drink consumed, including costs of medical bills, income loss, and costs from pain and suffering), fatal crashes involving teens…show more content…
One similarity is evidenced by the $1.4 billion dollars underage drinkers cost Missourians in 2010 (“Underage Drinking in Missouri,” 2011). Also, youth violence, including traffic crashes and homicides are connected to the largest costs for the state of Missouri. Sales (in 2010 dollars) of alcohol purchase by underage drinkers made up 18.6% of all the alcohol sold in Missouri in 2009, which totaled a whopping $439 million. From the standpoint of keeping the drinking age at 21, an individual would see that underage drinking is not only costly, but also deadly and dangerous for all…show more content…
For example, one myth that is frequently believed by young teenagers is that alcohol is not as harmful as other drugs. The sobering reality is that alcohol use increases the risk of many deadly diseases, such as cancer and alcohol poisoning (“Underage Drinking Myths vs. Facts,” 2012). Another myth that is widely believed by underage drinkers is that drinking is a good way to loosen up and relax at parties. However, drinking is a dumb way to loosen up. It can make a person act silly, and do and say things they would not normally do if they were sober (“Underage Drinking Myths vs. Facts,” 2012). A third myth that teens mistakenly believe is that drinking alcohol will make them look cool. From personal experience, I can say that drinking alcohol does not make you look cool, it just makes you look more foolish. There is nothing cool about stumbling around, passing out, vomiting on oneself, or having bad breath (“Underage Drinking Myths vs. Facts,” 2012). A fourth and final myth that teens foolishly believe is that everyone around them is drinking and they need to drink to fit in. The fact of the matter is that if they really wanted to fit in, they would abstain from alcohol use entirely. It has been shown in research studies that more than 70 percent of youth aged 12 to 20 had not had a drink in the past month (“Underage Drinking Myths vs. Facts,” 2012).
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