Underage drinking is commonly a discussed topic, but it is an issue that needs serious physical attention. Although many (most likely the under aged drinkers) may disagree with categorizing this topic as an issue, experts on alcohol abuse and alcoholism may have the facts and information to change the opinions of those who drink at a young age.
For few obvious reasons, underage drinking is very much looked down upon. Statistics shown on a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism site titled "Underage Drinking", restates some of those reasons and also states that people ages 11 through 20 consume a lot of alcohol. Not only that, but there are large amounts of deaths and injuries due to the cause of underage drinking (especially while driving). Underage drinking can also lead to sexual assault through multiple and different scenarios, and risky brain development problems. Although a lot of underage drinkers have their own personal and preferable reasons for why they make the choice to drink, they do not considerably think about how the choices that they make to consume alcohol at a young age can "affect their own lives, their families, and their communities". Underage drinking can seriously affect their lives in the matter of even losing it from consuming a lot of unfamiliar and unhealthy liquids that their bodies cannot handle. People who underage drink also tend to make unconscious and terrible decisions that also may lead to losing their lives. Underage drinking can also untie relationships between families and friends for many obvious and personal reasons. As some choose to ignore the various casualties of underage drinking, we become one step closer to losing a life or a relationship.
How can we prevent underage drinking? How can we stop an underage drinker from making bad decisions? Should we act more strict about the drinking age? Should there be more announcements for awareness? Do you believe that you have the ability to convince one from becoming an underage drinker? How will you choose to personally prevent underage drinking? Will stopping someone from acting upon peer pressure towards a younger person reduce the numbers of underage drinking?