The Problem Of Underage Drinking In The United States

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Introduction Underage drinking is the most known-unknown problem in the United States. Underage drinking is no stranger to anyone, but the amount of effect it has goes widely unnoticed. Alcohol is the most abused drug among the youth, more than tobacco or cannabis. According to a National survey on drug and alcohol abuse by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMSHA thirty-five percent of fifteen-year old children had drank alcohol at least once before, by the time they are eighteen years old sixty-five percent had said they had a drink of alcohol at least once. In 2014 it was reported on a survey from the same administration that 8.7 million young people had an alcoholic beverage within the last month (SAMSHA). …show more content…
The symptoms are headache, nausea, drowsiness, concentration problems, dry mouth, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, fatigue, sweating, hyper-excitability, anxiety and general discomfort. College students often do not drink solely on the weekends. Excessive drinking can cause students to skip class due to the several symptoms of having a hangover (Adams).
The problem with underage drinking in the United States is that young people often drink dangerously large amounts. People ages 12-20 drink 11% of all alcohol in the United States. A rather small amount, although the youth drink less often than adults do, when they drink they drink more at the time being (CDC). This is because when 90% of young people drink they are binge drinking.
Binge drinking is the act of drinking heavily with the intention of getting as intoxicated as possible. Binge drinking is dangerous because the large amount of alcohol consumed will impair judgment, which could possibly lead to someone wanting to drive while under the influence or go directly to a person or object and cause harm to it. Along with the mental effects, binge drinking if taken far enough can cause alcohol poisoning and organ failure. Often sexual abuse is reported when at least one party was drunk after a night of binge
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It is known that alcohol will impair judgment which could lead to poor decision making like driving while intoxicated, which can lead to the death of the drinker and possibly others. Sexual activity such as unprotected sex, which can lead to unplanned pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease. Violent or aggressive behavior can also be incited by binge drinking and often violent or aggressive behavior, which more than likely will result in an altercation with law enforcement. Drinking also increases the risk of sexual assault, youth who drink are more likely to carry out or become the victim of sexual assault, than those who choose not to

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