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Underage Drinking Persuasive Speech

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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says, “young people consume more than 90 percent of their alcohol by binge drinking.” Binge drinking “for males [is consuming] 5 or more drinks and for females 4 or more drinks on the same occasion within a few hours” and can be detrimental to the development of the brain’s prefrontal cortex or, the “part of the brain that involves judgment, impulse control and abstract thought and the ability to anticipate the consequences of your actions,” which “isn't fully shaped until your late 20s.” Despite the adverse effects alcohol can have on young people especially, underage drinking is a common crime in the United States. Although many people drink underage and seemingly suffer little to no consequences, underage drinking is a…show more content…
They will be fined no less than $1,000 but no more than $2,500 and can be jailed for up to 1 year. If caught a second or subsequent time, the fine is $2,500, but the possible jail time stays the same. The laws concerning underage drinking don’t seem too harsh at first, but all the fines and court costs really add up! Even if someone were to get their alcohol for free at a party or from their parents, the financial consequences would be bad. Instead of paying $500 plus court costs, a person could buy a decent smartphone, a plane ticket, a laptop, or college textbooks! The health consequences of underage drinking are also a concern. Because of the effects of alcohol on the brain, a young person can make their path to whatever goals they have in life harder. That kind of citation on someone’s record could negatively affect their college appeal or even hurt their job opportunities. Underage drinking can have long lasting, adverse effects: from a mark on a record to brain damage to the death of a loved one due to
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