Robert Voas states teen pregnancy, sexual assaults, and crime rates have increased due to underage drinking. Alcohol consumption at a college age leads to 600,000 physical assaults and 70,000 sexual assaults yearly according to a study (464). Joyce Alcantara claims if the age were lowered back to eighteen then it would put younger teens at risk (468). People tend to have friends around their same age. So, if eighteen year olds were allowed to drink then their friends which are roughly around the age of sixteen or seventeen would likely have an alcoholic drink in their hand as well.
Since the brain is still developing many things occur such as emotional ,behavior, and accidents. Eighteen year olds are not responsible enough to consume alcohol. Eighteen year olds aren’t responsible because they can have different behaviors and act differently more than they should. Some of the behaviors that teenagers or college students react by aggression or sexual assault. Usually depends how aggressive you could get with the amount of alcohol in you body.
Binge drinking is one of the most problematic behaviors among college students. Research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, Saint Joseph’s University and the University of Arizona attributed the increase in rape cases to heavy drinking college environments (College Alcohol Study par. 1). Furthermore, the study found that college women with medium and high-binge drinking rates stood high chances of getting sexual assaulted while intoxicated. Overconsumption of alcohol on university campuses leads to an increase in sexual assaults and implementing mandatory alcohol workshops will reduce the number of cases by exposing incoming freshman to the dangers of alcohol in conjunction with sexual assaults.
Since drinking can lead to teen pregnancy then if you lower the drinking age teenagers wouldn 't drink because since they want to be rebellious and when you lower the drinking age they don 't want to break that rule so they won 't drink as much alcohol as they do today. Another reason is that studies show that there have been more abortions than there has been underage drinking. For example about 45.5 percent of teenagers have drank alcohol and gotten into accidents and 45 percent have gotten pregnant due to
Since alcohol is the most used drug among adolescents, underage drinking is a problem that is becoming more common in the upcoming generation. As a result of underage drinking, many adolescents find themselves becoming addicted, or abusing alcohol and drugs. Underage drinking, drug abuse, and addiction are serious problems that can be avoided if people take the proper procedures to educate adolescents about the dangers and effects that may occur because of it. Adolescents should be education about the physical health problems that may transpire as a result of alcohol. They should have basic knowledge of what alcohol is, and what its effects are.
The effects alcohol takes on the brain is the only “downside” to lowering the drinking age, but if used responsibly it 's not that big of a problem. Responsibility is one of the keywords to remember when consuming alcohol. Anything could happen when you 're under the influence, death, rape, and many more life-altering occurrences. One huge potential life-altering thing that could happen to you is brain damage. Drinking at a younger age increases the risk of brain damage.
According to James C. Fell is a senior program director at the Alcohol, Policy and Safety Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation in Calverton, Md. By lowering the drinking age to eighteen it just moves the spectrum down. So instead of an eighteen-year-old drinking underage that will move down to sixteen year olds drinking underage. He believes that it will make alcohol more accessible to younger teenagers, “A 16-year-old or a 14-year-old doesn 't look 21, but they may look 18.” (Ogilvie 2011) Studies concluded that, “Adolescence is a critical stage of development in which the brain undergoes neuromaturation and reorganization characterized by changes in neurotransmission, plasticity, and synaptic remodeling. The results of human and animal research suggest that alcohol exposure during adolescence adversely affects brain development and maturation, causing brain damage, structural alterations, and cognitive deficits.” (Guerri 2010) This simply means that as a young adult, consuming alcohol may lead to severe brain damage as well as stunting the growth of the brain.
Once an individual forms a dependence with the substance, it ultimately has long-term health effects, such as death and loss of brain cells, liver damage, cirrhosis, pancreatitis, nerve damage. Tolerance is a long-term effect that causes the body to become accustomed to the excessive and high doses of alcohol, after drinking for a long span of time. They no longer experience the short-term effects that would convince a moderate drinker to stop. This tolerance is dangerous and can lead to alcoholism and result in the individual needing help to quit. When an individual has consumed alcohol their impaired, influencing them to do things they typically wouldn’t, if being in the right state of mind.
It can also affect one’s judgement, decision making, and speaking skills. Alcohol use, delinquency, criminal activity, and other risk-taking behavior are more prevalent during adolescence. (Popovici, I., Homer, J., Fang, H., & French, M., 2012). i believe alcohol is the gateway drug and and it is introduce and expose at a young age. Whether you are at a party, out eating, or even business
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