Underage Drinkers Face Repercussion

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Today there seems to be an increasing number of underage drinkers. Teens seem to be drinking their way through high school and college because it’s the trend of the century. They go out to party and there is no party, if there is no alcohol. They begin to believe there is no fun in partying without the use of alcohol. According to, the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, “40% of high school students drank some amount of alcohol, 24% binge drank, and 10% drove after drinking and 28% rode with a driver who had been drinking(Youth Risk Behavior Survey, P.3)”. Where is our youth consuming alcohol for their parties? From older friends, siblings, or simply by taking what their parents have at home. Not acknowledging that there will be consequences with their underage drinking inclination. Some may be aware of these consequences because they were informed during school, or by their parents or from the experience of others. But the consequences still don’t seem to scare them into thinking twice about consuming underage. The consequences these underage consumers face each and every time they decide to take an alcoholic beverage are injury or death, legal problems, problems in school, problems in their social life, and physical problems.
Consequently, when a person drinks alcohol under the age, the first person they put at risk is themselves. They put their selves at risk of injury or even death. According to, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and d...

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