Saturday, March 5, 2016

Underage Drinking





http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/special-populations-co-occurring-disorders/underage-drinking


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?


18 comments:

  1. While I thought that underage drinking was a problem, the statistic that 35.1 percent of people aged 15 have had a drink in their lives in very surprising. I believe that we can reduce underage drinking by better educating children about the risks of underage drinking. However, it seems like this may not be enough. Instead, it will be better if we can empower teens to be able to say no to alcohol and be a positive influence. Peer pressure plays a huge role in this type of activity and having teen leaders guide people away from these activities would be very effective.

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  2. I think that underage drinking is very dangerous for the teens that consume all the alcohol and the ones working them. "there are large amounts of deaths and injuries due to the cause of underage drinking." This evidence shows that many people can get hurt or even killed due to underage drinking because alcohol is not for teens. I think that if students broadcast the deadly and fatal effects of underage drinking more to teens that the number will reduce. I think that if schools were more stricter with underage drinking that students wouldn't do it as much.

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  3. I think that underage drinking is unhealthy and harmful for teenagers. They are still in a young age that their body cannot handle alcohol damage. It also harm for their brain and nerves so that they will have many health problems when they get older. An Useful way to prevent this situation is to teach teens that the harm of alcohol to let them treat that seriously in their life. Changing groups of friends is also important because teenagers are easy to be influenced by other people who have a bad habit. They should have a correct ideology to stop this behavior.

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  4. As we all know, underage drinking leads to many casualties of kids our age, but I don't think there is much we can do to reduce the numbers. Most of the teenagers that drink have been exposed to anti-drinking campaigns, and know the harm that it can do, but it doesn't stop them. I don't think increasing the drinking age will help, as teenagers can easily access drinks by other means. One of the only solutions in my mind would be frequent alcohol tests at school, which would also cause complaints.

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  5. I would argue that underage drinking is fine IN MODERATION. Water can harm you in excess amounts. Vitamins can harm you in excess amounts. Everything has to be ingested in moderation, or else it can and probably will cause negative health effects. While I think the research in the NIH article is accurate, it did not mention the negative impact demonizing alcohol can have. For example, if a minor is occasionally given small amounts of alcohol at an age where he can recognize what he is doing, it de-mystifies alcohol and teaches the minor that drinking is not all bad, and that having a beer can be fun every once in a while. However, if someone is either not taught about alcohol or told it is a terrible idea to drink, two things can happen. 1. The person will not drink alcohol. 2. The person will be curious and want to try it, possibly leading to cases of sexual assault or drunk driving, as mentioned above. Overall, I think that alcohol is fine to consume in moderation. This is also backed up by looking at adults who consume alcohol. The vast majority of them do not drink to excess, and lead normal lives. The small percentage who do are not going to be affected by a TV ad, and most likely have underlying problems that have not been cared for properly.

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  6. Underage drinking is a serious problem, however I believe that no matter how much we try, our age will never truly understand how dangerous2 it is. Unless someone close to them gets alcohol poisoning or in an accident due to drinking and driving, nobody will change their ways no matter the amount of statistics and stories teenagers are told.

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  7. As we all know underage drinking can lead to many accidents such as DUI or sexual assault also it is very harmful to teenagers, yet teenagers still drink. There is no way to prevent teenagers from drinking. Yes, we can be more strict about the drinking age, however teenagers will still find a way to get a bottle.

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  8. I feel that underage drinking is a huge problem in the U.S. but realistically I feel that it would be to hard to monitor the issue. I feel the best thing we should to do is to set up awareness campaigns in order to teach kids the harmful affect drinking has on the body and the people around them. Also it would be hard to convince someone to stop because its there body and at the end of the day it up to them not you.

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  9. I feel that underage drinking is a huge problem in the U.S. but realistically I feel that it would be to hard to monitor the issue. I feel the best thing we should to do is to set up awareness campaigns in order to teach kids the harmful affect drinking has on the body and the people around them. Also it would be hard to convince someone to stop because its there body and at the end of the day it up to them not you.

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  10. As someone who has friends underage who drink, I know that there is no real way to keep them from finding ways to get their hands on a drink. What I didn't know, was how widespread this is. When seeing that 31.5 teens have reported having a drink, It made me realize that this problem is a lot more widespread than we believe it to be.

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  11. I don't think we can really prevent teens from making the choices they do. We can warn them and tell them more about the effects that can be caused by doing so at such a young age, but we're human, and humans all do what they feel pleases them. I have been in situations where friends wanted me to drink, but learning to say no and keeping to your word can be hard when sticking around, so if i'm not feeling comfortable I leave. I think leaving the situation is one of the best ways to keep yourself out of trouble, even if they are your friends.

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  12. Although underage drinking may lead to serious injury or death, people under 21 are not fully aware of the dangers that they put themselves in when they drink. I believe informing young people about the risks would help them make safer decisions.

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  13. The choices teens make are out of ones control you can always try and convince them and lead them down the path, but teens will always have their own choices.For example underage drinking no one can prevent them from making the choice of taking that drink, it is with in themselves that they have to fight the peer pressure and make the decision they believe is right, teenagers are not fully developed and have not had experience with things like drinking so of course teens will venture through this.

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  14. People should not drink at all. According to the article, people (ages 11-20) consume a lot of alcohol and they either die, injure themselves, or get arrested when it comes to driving, sexual assault, and others.
    An underage drinker should have a taxi or family/friend member drive that underage drinker home.
    We should act 23 more strict rules for under aged drinking and more videos about under aged drinking. There are some videos related to the topic and it is called "Every 15 Minutes".
    I do have the ability to convince my family or friend member to not drink at all because according to the article, under aged drinking can really affect our communities, families, and ourselves and I don't want that to happen to any of my family members or friends.
    I will choose on not drinking at all, since I am diabetic.
    Stopping someone who is acting upon peer pressure towards a younger person will reduce the number of under aged drinking because according to the article, people become closer to losing a life or relationship.

    NOTE: This one is also for blog comment #4

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  15. I didn't know that their was a huge problem with underage drinking. I did know that many teens do drink now, but I didn't know that it was THAT BIG. Although I was aware that many people underage drinkers have been in an accident or died from an accident. If you haven't noticed their have been commercials that show this happening. No matter how much teens and young adults know the rate of deaths etc. that will not prevent them from drinking. Let's be honest they know it's bad, but they still manage to do it anyways. They will assume it's okay and that nothing will happen to them because nothing bad has ever come towards them. When it does they'll blame it on the alcohol and not notice it's their fault. No matter how strict parents get or the law gets that won't stop them because even now underage drinkers find their way around getting that alcohol.

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  16. I think that the ways that we can't prevent and come to avoid under age drinking is by preventing the advertisement and propaganda from making the product seem that it is ok for minors and under age peers to drink there product. If everyone thinks and believes what the advertisement sells the product to be then everyone would buy that product, but people also know the negative effects that achochal has on people around the world. The reason why under age drinkers are entised by the product is because all they know is what the advertisement sells the product to be.

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  17. I don't think there is a way to prevent underage drinking. But I do think we can educate teens of the outcome that comes with underage drinking. More than 190,000 people under the age of 21 visited an emergency room for alcohol-related injuries in 2008 alone. If teens talked about the outcomes of underage drinking more often then they probably won't drink. Even if we are more strict on the drinking age there are still going to be teens that drink alcohol so that wouldn't matter much

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  18. I don't believe that we can prevent under age drinking. Kids/teens know that they aren't suppose to be doing this but they are at a stage where they do anything they want to do. It was very shocking to me to see that only 35.1 present of teens 15 years old have had a drink in their lives. I was expecting this number to be much greater. Peer pressure is a huge factor in underage drinking. Especially now days aloof teens like to hang out with older people which are more likely to be peer pressure into drinking. I feel like one way we can void under age drinkers from making bad decisions is if they are driving and plan on drinking make sure there is a sober driver or have the sleep over instead of letting them drive. I don't think we can act more strict on the drinking policy because the more strict we get the more teens will want to do it. I feel like as far as educating teens abut under age drinking we should go more into depth about the serious causes of under age drinking and also share real life stories. Stopping someone from acting upon peer pressure towards a younger person will defiantly reduce the number under age drinkers.

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