Essay about Underage Drinking

856 Words Feb 25th, 2002 4 Pages
Paper 5 -- Final Research Essay
Alcohol use is extremely prevalent in our society. Young people grow up seeing their parents and other adults make toast of wine and champagne at special occasions, as well as casually enjoying a few beers at a picnic. Today alcoholic beverages are frequently as common at business lunches as they are at college frat parties. Underage drinking is a huge problem which everyone must face. Under age drinking not only has devastating effects on those who drink but also on our society. "Young people illegally consume almost 3.6 billion drinks annually which is 10 million drinks each day."(http://www.cspinet.org/booze/alcyouth.htm.) Underage drinking has serious social, health and economic consequences. It
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Alcohol is involved in nearly one-half of all murders, accidental deaths, suicides, crimes, and fatal automobile accidents.(http://www.cpmcnet.columbia.edu). Alcohol causes problems in both one's school and work career. It has a tendency to lower productivity and the quality of work being done. Economic costs are also an issue when it comes to underage drinking. Approximately 13 billion dollars each year is spent for the treatment and recovery of alcoholics.(http://intoww.org) This puts an enormous strain on our economy. It seems unfair that taxpayers should have to pay out of their own pockets for the problem that teenagers cause. These problems could be prevented if only teenagers would be more responsible and think about what they are actually doing, not only to themselves but also to our society. Most teenagers don't realize that underage drinking is a crime. It is a first-degree misdemeanor and a $1000.00 fine. This in itself is a good reason to not drink underage. Underage drinking is a form of deviance, or behavior which in some way or form violates social norms. For some teenagers though, drinking on the weekends or even during the week has almost become normal. These teenagers see drinking as normal behavior because "hey, if everyone's doing it, then it must be okay." Drinking is a behavior which can only be learned by social interaction with others, whether it is

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