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Argumentative Essay On Binge Drinking

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“I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: 'Wait a minute - if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?' And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.” Two time Daytime Emmy Award winner, Craig Ferguson, expressed this quote about fulfilling his capabilities without the use of alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “In 2015, 7.7 million young people ages 12–20 reported that they drank alcohol beyond “just a few sips” in the past month.” The combined 7.7 million drink eleven percent of the alcohol consumed in the United States. Just think about the potential that teenagers could maximize if we put down the alcohol and provide for our economy. Although they drink less than adults, when they drink alcohol it is at a much higher consumption rate. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also provided, “Young people consume more than ninety percent of their alcohol by binge drinking.” Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. As a nation, alcohol abuse causes 88,000 deaths, and takes away a potential 2.5 million years of life. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse states, “Based on data from 2006-2010, 4,358 citizens die under the age of twenty-one from alcohol each year.” This statistic is made up from 1,580 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,269 from homicides, 245 from alcohol poisoning, falls, burns,
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