Science & Health

The Beverage That Kills Our Youth

Drinks service the needs of all people; however, some are more harmful than others. When one thinks of a drink, it is common to think of a favorite juice or soda.  But, alcohol is the deadliest of them all.

In most states, the legal drinking age is 21. This age is set because scientists have discovered that by this age a person’s brain has developed enough to handle the alcoholic content consumed.

This does not mean that anyone 21 or older can handle any amount of alcohol, but this does mean it is more manageable.

With today’s technology, it is easier for teenagers to get their hands on alcohol. Teens are able to create fake IDs or can just simply ask someone to purchase it for them.

Alcohol can cause much harm to underage drinkers. According to a blog posted on cdc.gov, “Alcohol harms the brain’s development. It can also cause death due to alcohol poisoning.”

Although it may seem cool to drink with friends on the weekends, or just drink in general, it is very harmful. This a problem that is very prevalent in American society.

35% of teenagers drink. 15% are binge drinkers, and 20% just drink casually on the weekends or occasions, according to an article published on toosmarttoostart.com.

Some teens have deeper issues; many teens drink because they are depressed or lonely. Alcohol may seem as an escape route from real life. This depression can cause things such as tobacco use, academic failure, and illicit drug use to occur.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, not only can alcohol cause academic failure and drug use, it can cause risky sexual behavior. It may cause early sexual behaviors or teenage pregnancies.

Alcohol tolerance is different for everyone, but the effect is very well the same. Alcohol can cause a person to fall out of the right state of mind.

According to the U.S Department of Justice, underage drinking costs society $68 billion, one dollar for every drink consumed. This includes medical bills, income loss, and costs from pain and suffering.

It is impossible for lawmakers to catch every underage drinker, but everything begins with the parents. Parents play the biggest role in children’s lives because when they are born, they are the first people they see.

Also, they must lead by example. Teenagers need to have a clear understanding of the dangers that lurk inside an alcoholic beverage.

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