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Transcript of Underage Drinking
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984
"Today, an estimated 15 million Americans suffer from alcoholism and 40% of all car accident deaths in the US involve alcohol."(ALCOHOL: A SHORT HISTORY)
People should be aware of underage drinking, and the government needs to enforce the law to prevent teenage alcoholism.
Researches and surveys indicate the amount of teenagers who drink alcohol has increased in these past years.
Increasing Teenage Drinking
Teenage alcohol control becomes a problem in today's society.
According to the data from the 2005 Monitoring the Future study
3/4 of 12th graders
More than 2/3 of 10th graders
About 2 in every five 8th graders
Have consumed alcohol !
In addition to the U.S. annual survey, other research shows that the younger children and adolescents start to drink, the more likely to engage to harm themselves and others. (Underage Drinking-NIAAA)
There are many negative consequences on adolescents.
Alcohol causes serious health problems.
"Liver effects and elevated liver enzymes.
Some degree of liver damage have been found in adolescents who drink alcohol."(Underage Drinking)
Why do people care ?
Adolescence is a key period in human development, a time of dramatic changes.
"Recent publications by the Surgeon General and the Institute of Medicine outlined many prevention strategies require actions on the national, state, and local levels."(Underage Drinking)
Jailed or fined
Adults can drink.
People believe citizens legally become adults at the age of 18, it is their right to drink, but it is
Nightclubs and bars
In conclusion, drinking alcoholic beverages is an unwise choice, and it brings people's lives in dangerous situation. The government has to enforce the law to forbid underage drinking.
What can we do ?
Talk to adolescents openly about alcohol.
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"Underage Drinking." National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. "Underage Drinking." Underage Drinking-Why Do Adolescents Drink, What Are the Risks, and How Can Underage Drinking Be Prevented? N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2014.
"Drinking Age ProCon.org." ProConorg Headlines. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2014.
NIAAA. "Alcohol Alert." NIAAA Publications. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2014.
"A Brief History of Alcohol & Alcoholic Beverages - Drug-Free World." A Brief History of Alcohol & Alcoholic Beverages - Drug-Free World. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.
The enforcement of minimum legal drinking age law is necessary.