In high school drinking alcohol is glorified and seen as a way to get popular or fit in. Many teens are not properly educated on the severe consequences alcohol can have. On average 4,700 teens die each year due to alcohol related causes. 38% of these deaths are caused by motor vehicles. According to a national survey, 25% of people aged 12-20 admitted to drinking alcohol. That is one fourth of the teenage population. Now just drinking the alcohol is not the only problem. The real problems that arise are the consequences that underage drinking has. Drinking while in high school has been known to cause: “school problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades, social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities, legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk”(CDC) and many other problems. What the survey does not address is the fact that probably most of the teens lied on the survey. From personal experience, at Live Oak and Sobrato I know that about 75% of kids have tried alcohol at one point and 100% have been exposed to it. From what my friends and I have experienced, for as many good times as there were with alcohol, there was 10 times as many bad times. What I have learned is nothing good comes from drinking. I do believe that having a drink every once and awhile is okay when it is legal. But the legal drinking age is not high enough and can never be. Teenagers are naturally stupid. The prefrontal cortex of the brain, which is where common sense and common knowledge come from, is not fully developed in girls until they are around 19 and in boys it is fully developed around the age of 22. Teenage boys tend to make more stupid decisions than teenage simply because they don’t have common sense, they do not think before acting. If a teenage boy says, “Hey lets go jump off this huge bridge into this little lake!” other boys will say, “Hell yeah man lets...
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