Core 4 - Breitung 1 Matt Breitung Core 4 10 October 2008...

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Breitung 1 Matt Breitung Core 4 10 October 2008 Audience: USA Today Underage drinking is a major problem in America, especially among college students and even older high school students. In 2002, 10.7 million Americans between the age of 12-20 admitted to drinking alcohol in the last month and three out of every ten high school seniors admitted to binge drinking in the last month. The survey also found that 95 percent of high school seniors consider alcohol as readily available to them (Boehner, John). It can be widely agreed upon that the taste of alcohol alone is not sufficient enough to make people want to drink. In fact, there aren’t many beverages that can be worse tasting than alcohol. So why is there such a problem with out of control drinking and young students breaking the law? There are several factors that attribute to this issue including social pressure, personal confidence, and the thought that alcohol will make them feel good. Pressure from their peers can trick them into doing something they would have never wanted to do on their own. Many cannot come up with any other reason as to why they are drinking other than because their friends are doing it. If everyone around them is drinking, than they feel forced into drinking themselves. This can be a highly damaging wave of effect. If one group is drinking, they will encourage another group to drink, which will encourage another group, and so on. Before you know it, there is an entire friend group or even student body participating in underage drinking simply because no one wanted to feel left out. The media also affects how young people view drinking. Whether it is a commercial on television or an ad in a magazine, companies make a point to have their drink portray an image. The Breitung 2
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people in these advertisements are always having a great time and are targeted to specific audiences. They will show an average guy in a pool surrounded by three gorgeous girls while all drinking a select form of
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This note was uploaded on 07/12/2009 for the course ENC 1101 taught by Professor Carolmichaelsen during the Spring '07 term at University of Central Florida.

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