Teenage drinking has become one of the largest social issues among young
people in America today. Although more than half of high schoolers drinks on a
regular basis, the problem is that they are not aware of how dangerous alcohol
can actually be. The reality is that alcohol is often the cause of many problems
among these teenagers. Simply put, alcohol ruins many young peoples lives, and
is now of the most serious problems young people face.
Drinking and driving is one large problem often linked with teenage drinking.
Fatal alcohol related crashes make up 25% of all crashes included among young
drivers. Alcohol dulls parts of the brain that are crucial to decision making,
decreases the ability to concentrate, and slows the reaction time behind the
wheel. Drunk drivers are treacherous on the road and can easily hurt themselves
or someone innocent. Something big needs to be done, or this dangerous trend
will continue to harm many people in the future.
Another problem with underage drinking is the fact that they lose control of
their actions. Alcohol often results in teens having risky sexual behavior.
Rapings, unplanned pregnancies, HIV infections, and sexually transmitted
diseases are very commonly linked back to when they had been drinking. These
young people lose judgement and many times do things they wouldnt do if they
were sober. Losing judgement results in many actions that are regretted and they
then realize that they could have been avoided.
Alcohol abuse is extremely harmful to ones body, especially to a teenagers.
It affects almost every organ system, either directly or indirectly.
Unfortunately, drinkers often do not think about what kind of effect alcohol
will have on them when they get older; so many people end up learning the hard
way. Teenagers that abuse alcohol often develop problems with their liver,
heart, stomach, kidneys, and/or mouth and throat. Many adults wish they knew
when they were younger how harmful alcohol actually is to a persons body.
Young people should know that alcohol abuse not only leads to severe damage to
their body, but can often lead to death as well.
In conclusion, teenage drinking is now getting out of hand. The society is
aware of this problem, yet not much is done about it. We need to create a
healthy environment for these young people and work together to help keep