Teens and Drinking Essay

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Whether it’s potty training, learning to ride a bike, learning to tie shoes, learning to drive a car, getting a first job, etc, how many times in people’s lives do they say “I’m a big kid now, I can do it all by myself” ? How many times are the previous said whenever the maturity level does not correspond to it? Foundations have to be laid before a person can go out alone. A baby cannot be potty trained before they even know how to walk. A child cannot ride a bike without first learning with training wheels and practice. A person cannot tie their shoes without the concept of making a knot. Though teenagers may say that they are “a big kid now” and should be allowed to drink they do not understand the concepts of what drinking does to…show more content…
With the influence of alcohol and the pressures of others it could lead to more teen pregnancy which might lead to more abortions or even more children with broken homes and abuse. The rate of suicide will only go up because people will become depressed by the shame of the things they did while under the influence. Teens are flaky and most are not consistent on what they want to do with their lives. They are still discovering who they are and who they want to be. If they drink, it could ruin their whole future in one way or another. Teenagers should not be allowed to drink for they are not experienced with driving and do not know how alcohol will affect them. Some say that since Europe has a low drinking age, the U.S. should follow but the difference between the U.S. and European drinking laws are that Europeans have a higher age for when teens can drive. Teens may be allowed to drink at 14, 15, or even 16 but they are not allowed to get their license until they are 18, teens in America can get their license at 16. If the drinking age was lowered to 18 that gives them only two years experience driving and so they are not aware of what alcohol can do to their systems. American teens are thus much more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol if the drinking age were lowered (ProCon, 2008). States such as Massachusetts, Michigan, and Maine that have lowered that drinking age had an increase in alcohol-related collisions among the 18 to
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