Underage Drinking Persuasive Speech

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Payton Ehrhardt Ms. Connor EN130 Final Draft 22 Sep 11 You Must Be 21 to Drink? Why? It’s a Saturday night and Becca’s best friend texts her and babbles about this amazing party tonight and invites her to tag along. She thinks to herself, “Is there going to be alcohol at this party? Should I drink tonight? All my friends drink I might as well join.” Every high school student goes through an experience relating to this event. Underage drinking is a problem in society today, just how big is the problem, the consequences of partaking in underage drinking, why are kids doing it and what can the society as a whole do to reduce the issue. Everyone knows underage drinking is a problem in the US, but just how big is the problem? “Alcohol is so popular that it is the most common used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more than…show more content…
Why can’t kids do the same thing? As “Fact Sheet” states there are an abundant amount of consequences to underage drinking. Youth who choose to drink before the age of 21 are more likely to experience school problems such as higher absence and poor or failing grades. Also the issues of social problems (such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities), legal problems (arrests for driving or physically hurting some while drunk), physical problems (hangovers or illnesses), and unwanted/unplanned/ unprotected sexual activity are consequences. Along with disruption of normal and sexual development, physical and sexual assault, higher risk for suicide and homicide, alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries (burns, falls and drowning), memory problems, abuse of other drugs , changes in brain development that may have life-long effects, and death from alcohol poisoning. These are just a few of the many consequences of underage drinking. The law of alcohol consumption is for the age 21 and older for a

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