Essay about Underage Drinking Is The Most Known Unknown Problem

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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). Statement of the Problem There are several problems with underage drinking such as recklessness from excessive drinking. This can lead to injury from overconfidence in the drinker’s ability to assess a situation, which might lead them to do something they would normally find inappropriate or safe. Drinking impairs judgment and can cause the abuser to lose some sense of awareness in situations which might cause an inappropriate response. Someone who has drank in excess might have trouble reciprocating other people’s social cues and may react violently or with aggression since drinking alcohol impairs judgment. Most dangerously of all is the drinker’s loss of control, specifically when they get in a car. A drinker’s motors skills…

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