drinking at a young age increases your chances in becoming an alcoholic. The substance abuse policy program tells us that, “Fifteen percent of youth who start drinking at age 18 become alcohol dependent at some point in their lives…” Other risks such as liver damage and alcohol poisoning also effect the teens who begin drinking at age 18.Not only is alcohol itself dangerous to you, the things you do because of drinking it is maybe even more dangerous to your health. Some health risks besides the common thought of ones like alcoholism are, unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and substance abuse. These other risks are caused because when teens drink they make bad decisions. The national institute on alcohol abuse tells us that drinking often leads to things like sensation
Couch 4seeking. Once alcohol doesn’t give them the sensation it once did, they may look for something new that will. This can lead to substance abuse in teens. The national institute on alcohol abuse also tells us that, “Forty-four percent of sexually active teenagers said they were more likely to have sexual intercourse if they had been drinking, and 17 percent said they were less likely to use condoms after drinking.” Because teens are more likely to have sex after drinking, it leads tomore unintended pregnancies. If these teens are not using condoms it highly increases their riskof getting an STD. I do not think the lowering the drinking age will have any positive effects for teens.Social issues also accompany underage drinking. I don’t think many people realize the social effects that alcohol has. Drinking alcohol and making bad decisions go hand in hand. People who have been drinking are much more likely to be involved in a fight or sexually assault someone. Domestic violence is another issue that will accompany underage drinking. Domestic violence usually happens after a night of drinking the alcohol causes some people to be very aggressive. This is a serious issue that sometimes ends in death. According to Alan Mozes many women who began drinking before they were 21 had a 12 percent higher risk of committing suicide than a woman who waited until they were 21 to start drinking. This is a serious issue that doesn’t often get talked about. If teens are allowed to get alcohol for themselves I think
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English, Alcoholic beverage, Drinking culture, Legal drinking age, National Minimum Drinking Age Act