Cause and Effect of Underage Drinking Essay

793 Words Dec 10th, 2005 4 Pages
Many children today are at risk of becoming alcoholics. There are many reasons for this, in this paper I will exam the causes of underage drinking and they effects that this may place on the individual, their families, and society. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, "Young people begin to take risks and experiment as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Without support and guidance, some young people may engage in behaviors that place them and others at risk – including using alcohol." (Youth and Underage Drinking: An Overview, 2004).
As a child growing up I remember many occasions were I was exposed to some form of alcohol related activities. Just watching television on Sunday afternoons I
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I know that most Americans enjoy drinking on a regular basis. Personally I think that s people are to uptight and drinking socially can help them relax.
The reasons why adolescents use alcohol are complex but include curiosity, a need to fit in with friends, peer pressure, and a need to relax and escape problems. "On average, young people begin drinking at about age 13, but some start even younger. By the time they are high school seniors, more than 80 percent have used alcohol and approximately 64 percent have been drunk. When adolescents move on to college, they bring their drinking habits with them, and more than 40 percent of college students are binge drinkers." (Youth and Underage Drinking: An Overview, 2004). Fifty-six percent of students in grades 5 through 12 say that alcohol advertising encourages them to drink. Children don't see the bad effects of drinking. They don't see the guy who is passed out in his backyard or the kid who is sleeping in a pool of his own vomit. I personally have had to drag friends into their room because they were so drunk. Underage drinking impact society also, if a child likes to drink it means that they will be more likely to become alcoholics later in life. This will effect our economy, more people will have trouble finding and keeping jobs. Which means the amount of money spent on homeless shelters would half to be increased. It will also put a strain on the healthcare system, and welfare. Alcohol is one of

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