Teen Drinking Essay

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The average American begins drinking at 15 years old, despite the fact that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years old. Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than all illicit drugs combined. I believe that raising the drinking age to 25 years old can save many young lives.

Affects of Adolescent Drinking Adolescent drinking affects a child's mind, body and future.
Adolescence is the between childhood and adulthood. During this time alcohol use may interrupt brain development. Hippocampus, the part of the brain important forfvb fg learning and memory has been proven to be smaller in people that have started drinking in a young age. In a recent study where short-term memory skills in alcohol
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"The condition, delirium tremens, known primarily to heavy drinkers, causes hallucinations along with loss of control of muscular functioning." When this condition develops and the alcoholic slows their drinking, withdrawal syndrome can and usually does. This may include agitation, tremors, seizures, and hallucinations.

Social Consequences Car crashes are the leading cause of death among youth ages 15 to 20 years old. Adolescents already are at a high risk being inexperienced drivers. Drivers younger that 21 are more likely to have alcohol-induced impairment of driving skills than older drivers. The rate of fatal crashes among alcohol involved drivers between 16-23 is more than twice the rate for alcohol involved drivers 24 and older. Sexual assault, including rape, occurs mostly with women in late in late teens and early twenties, usually with a date. In a survey, approximately 10 percent of female high school students reported having been raped. Research suggests that alcohol use by the offender, the victim, or both, increases the likelihood of sexual assault by a male.
Adolescent alcohol use with high–risk sex (having multiple sexual partners and not using any condoms) produces serious outcome. The consequences of high–risk sex also are common in this age group, particularly unwanted pregnancy and

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