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Teen Drinking

October 2, 2012

Haley Graham


English 101

September 24, 2012

Teen Drinking: Worth the Risk?

            Shockingly, 70% of all teens in the United States consume alcohol. That is well over half, almost three fourths, and the number is only rising. Alcohol is a common subject in almost every high school student’s life. In the article “Teen Drinking and Driving” Kulbhushaan Raghuvanshi discusses alcohol and the many risks teen take while under the influence. One of these risks teens take with alcohol influence is driving. Drinking and driving has the potential to ruin your life, and other lives. Drinking and driving is not worth the risk of going to jail or endangering lives of innocent people. Teen drinking can also lead to other problems in life, such as early dependence on alcohol.

As a teenager, our lives are very fast paced. We go to school, work jobs, and are involved in extracurricular activities. We live a hectic, stressful life. With all this stress and pressure, many teens cave in to the pressure of drinking. Unfortunately, these drinking habits can lead to catastrophic consequences on a teenager’s short life. One consequence of this behavior is jail time. As a seventeen year old, the most important issue in life is to get into a good college. If a DUI is on your record, it could hurt your chances at getting into the school of your choice. One simple mistake could cost you your opportunity to attend your dream school. Going to jail will be on your record the rest of your life, and could even cause you to be denied a good job.

Along with legal issues, teen drinking could also put not only your life, but other people’s lives in danger. Drinking completely impairs your judgment, making it nearly impossible to drive safely. According to statistics, 6000 people die to teen drunk driving every year. Drinking in no way is worth losing your life over. In my opinion, something even worse than losing my own life would be killing someone else. I have heard many sad stories of a drunk driver causing a fatal accident and walking away without a scratch. If this situation happened to me, I would much rather be the one that died in the accident instead of walking around for the rest of my life knowing my stupidity killed an innocent person. The guilt would not only make me suffer, but spending the rest of my life in prison would be miserable. When drinking and getting behind the wheel, teens do not consider what the risks are. They could be too scared to call home for a ride, or afraid they will get in trouble. Or, they could just be ignorant to the damage they could cause in their life as well as other lives.

Teen drinking also opens doors to early dependency on alcohol. According to Raghuvanshi, doctors say that teens in America that start drinking at fifteen are four times as likely to develop an alcohol addiction than those that wait till 21 to drink. A teenager becoming addicted to alcohol is a dangerous thing. This could lead to them dropping out of high school and the rest of their life going down a downward spiral. This addiction could cause them to make wrong decisions, such as other drug abuse or drunk driving.  If the addiction is not controlled, it could lead to health problems or even death.

In conclusion, teen drinking in the United States is out of control. The statistics are shocking and the deaths due to alcohol are only adding up. In the United States, every 22 minutes an alcohol related vehicle accident occurs. (Raghuvanshi) With numbers like this, teenagers really need to be careful about alcohol consumption. Teen drinking can lead to many consequences, such as drunk driving accidents, to DUI charges and early addiction to alcohol. Teens, and even adults, need to consider these risks before drinking irresponsibly. Is it worth it?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2012 8:20 am

    Being a teen, your topic got my attention. Although I don’t drink, I know many kids who do and sometimes aren’t safe about it. It’s a crazy feeling to think that this could just happen to anyway if they aren’t careful. Teen drinking is defiantly not worth the risk of losing your life or taking someone elses. Your blog is very well organized and informative. It was also a great idea to end your blog with that picture. That picture brings so much emotion to the surfacing and makes you think “wow, this can really happen” and makes you want to think twice before you sit behind a wheel under the influence.

  2. October 8, 2012 9:05 am

    Most teens don’t realize that they are putting themselves and other peoples lives at risk for injury and possibly death for drinking and driving. They simply think “oh yes I’m okay to drive home” when the truth is half of the time they really aren’t. They may think its cool because everyones doing it even though they shouldn’t be because they are to young to be drinking and driving. Think about it. How much do you love your life? Would you want to live your life knowing that you killed an innocent person. Its not worth it so think about it before you drink and drive, not for your safely but for others safey.

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