Underage Drinking Outline

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Shawanda Bradley Mr. Henri Moudoungou English 101.C October 29, 2012 TEENAGE DRINKING OUTLINE 1) Alcohol use by persons under age 21 years is a major public health problem. Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs, and is responsible for more than 4,700 annual deaths among underage youth. 2) There is an estimate of about 10.8 million teenage drinkers in the United States. But most teens don’t start the heavy drinking until they are 19 and 20. a) Since 2009 teenage drinking as increased rapidly. i) Three-fourths of 12th grade students, more than two-thirds of 10th grade students, and about two in five 8th grade students have consumed…show more content…
iv) Teens drink less often than adults. But when teens do drink, they drink more than adults. On average, young people have about five drinks on a single occasion. This behavior is called binge drinking. It is a very dangerous way of drinking that can lead to serious problems and even death. v) In 2010 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 26% of youth aged 12 to 20 years drink alcohol and 17% reported binge drinking. vi) In 2011, the Monitoring the Future Survey reported that 33% of 8th graders and 70% of 12th graders had tried alcohol, and 13% of 8th graders and 40% of 12th graders drank during the past month. vii) In general, the risk of youth experiencing these problems is greater for those who binge drink than for those who do not binge drink. 3) It is true that alcohol has a number of reactions on people who consume it, but again the effects of alcohol are completely different when it comes to the gender. b) It is a drinking fact that men and women are unequal where the question of consumption of alcohol and consequent effects are…show more content…
4) According to the U.S. Surgeon General, about 5,000 kids under 21 die every year as a result of underage drinking – from crashes, homicides, and suicides. Teens that drink also are at risk for a long list of other injuries and potential life-long alcohol abuse. c) Car crashes are the leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 20. About 1,900 people under 21 die every year from car crashes involving underage drinking. i) Young people are more susceptible to alcohol-induced impairment of their driving skills. ii) Drinking drivers aged 16 to 20 are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash as drinking drivers who are 21 or older. iii) For every 100,000 Americans under the age of 21, 1.4 people were killed in drunk driving fatalities in 2010 iv) The rate of fewer than 21 drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 populations has declined 48% over the past decade. v) In 2009, 11 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were young drivers 15- to 20- years old. vi) Among 15- to 20-year old drivers involved in fatal crashes, 33% of the drivers who were killed had been drinking and 28% who were killed in crashes had a BAC of .08 or

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