Teens Should Not Be Drinking Underage Essay

1197 Words Oct 12th, 2016 5 Pages
While many teens think they can have just a few alcoholic beverages with no consequences, it is a proven fact that teens should not be drinking underage. 18 year olds and younger are not able to handle the responsibility of drinking alcohol and the risk factors that are associated with it. As a result, many teens can end up in life-threatening situations that could alter their lives forever. The drinking age should not be lowered to 18 because brain growth of teens that age are underdeveloped, there is increased death that comes with drinking and driving, and the earlier a teen starts drinking, the more at risk they are to become an alcoholic.

Brain growth is very essential throughout a teens life. It gives the ability to excel, learn and focus properly on schoolwork and in an everyday life. But, when brain growth is altered from binge drinking or drinking period, can cause effects that can affect one 's life forever. In a study done recently in 2010 about teenage brains, it shows an interesting point of view about teenagers and their maturity. “But those same tendencies to explore and try new things and try on new identities may also increase the likelihood of starting on a negative pathway”(Dahl, Teen Drinking May Cause Irreversible Brain Damage). When one drinks before their brain is matured it slows down the cerebral cortex, central nervous system, frontal lobes, hippocampus, cerebellum, hypothalamus, and medulla. Each and every part of the brain is key to…

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