Teenage Drinking In America

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Teenagers are America’s greatest natural resource, and they need to be protected from some of the evils that lurk in the world. A subject that needs special attention is the abuse of alcohol by teens. Statistics show that there is a problem currently between teens and alcohol. There are many causes of teenage drinking and effects that prove that drinking is an important issue that needs to be dealt with to preserve American teenagers. Teenage drinking will become worse of a problem if it continues unchecked on its current path to destruction. Alcohol abuse among teenagers in the United States is a plague that is destroying the structure of American society. Statistics show that there certainly is a problem with teens and alcohol in America. Half of the teenage deaths in America are in some way influenced by alcohol (DUI Statistics 1). One of the largest causes of teenage deaths is automobile accidents that are related to alcohol. On average, eight teenagers die every day in America because of a driver that is intoxicated. In the next ten years twenty-four percent more automobile accidents will be caused by teenagers between the ages of fifteen and seventeen (Los Altos Town Crier 1). Drinking in excess is the cause of one hundred thousand deaths per year in America. Eleven thousand of these one hundred thousand deaths are alcohol-induced murders. Eight thousand deaths are suicides and cancer accounts for seventeen thousand deaths. Strokes caused by alcohol kills around nine thousand people per year (Doyle 1). Mike Barnicle from the Boston Globe best states America’s problem in his October seventh column, “In the course of a normal day, alcohol absolutely ruins more American families and destroys more individual li... ... middle of paper ... ...ADAMHA News 2). CAT scans show that excessive drinking alters the structure of the brain (ADAMHA News 4). Brain damage is associated with excessive amounts of drinking over a short time period. Alcohol has a long list of long term effects on the human body. An example of a long-term effect caused by continued heavy drinking is cirrhosis. Cirrhosis makes the liver in-effective by forming scar tissues around the liver that blocks blood flow through the liver (UMHS-Alcohol Related Diseases 1). Cirrhosis claims around twenty-eight thousand lives in the United States alone. This places cirrhosis at ninth for the causes of death in America (ADAMHA News 1). Alcohol is a factor in causing damage to the digestive system and cardiovascular system. Drinking over a long period of time results in disrupted heart rhythm, heart disease, and high blood pressure (ADAMHA 3).

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