Underage Drinking Persuasive Speech

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It goes without saying that in the United States underage drinking is a major cause for concern. Yet many are unaware of just how significant a problem underage drinking is. The facts reveal that alcohol has become the drug of choice for the vast majority of youth in the United States and the pervasiveness of alcohol puts every state, community, and family at risk. The question that we ask ourselves today is alcohol really harming to our youth and if so what should we do about it as parents, siblings, and friends who are affected by the abuse of this drug by young adults we know. A little fact of how alcoholic beverages have been used to celebrate mostly important events through history, from the Caesars celebrating victories to the …show more content…

For reasons of which have no excuses for them. We were all teens once and know that teens like to conform and give in to the efforts of peer pressure which often implement doing some sort of “ extra-curricular activity” such as using drugs like alcohol and marijuana. Our youth partakes in theses activities for the likes of friends and what they see. They want to be hip and cool. Be like and apart of the “IN CROWD” and what better way to be like the cool kids then to do what the popular kids do. What teens are so unaware of is that with drinking alcohol takes a lot of maturity. In any case young or old maturity is the key when consuming alcohol and our youth are not mature enough to take on such a huge responsibility. They do not understand that when they drink alcohol they put everyone’s life in danger including self-harm. The understanding isn’t there. As children and adolescents we all were hard headed at one point in time and wanted to prove that we could hang out the older crowd. That we weren’t that spoiled little brat that annoyed everyone else. “Despite minimum legal drinking age laws, actual drinking patterns in the United States suggest that almost all young people use alcohol before they are 21”( O’Connell, Richard and Bonnie, p.35). Alcohol is one of the most common drugs used among teenagers. It’s even more used than any kind of tobacco and marijuana. The problem is that they …show more content…

§ 158) was passed on July 17, 1984. It demanded and stated that every state that allowed persons below 21 years to purchase and publicly possess alcoholic beverages by reducing its annual federal highway apportionment by ten percent. The law was later amended, lowering the penalty to eight percent from fiscal year 2012 and beyond. While this act did not outlaw the consumption of alcoholic beverages by those under 21 years of age, seven states and Washington, D.C. extended its provisions into an outright ban. These states are: Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. The minimum drinking age is a state law, and most states still permit "underage" consumption of alcohol in some circumstances. In some states, no restriction on private consumption is made, while in others, consumption is only allowed in specific locations, in the presence of consenting and supervising family members as in the states of Colorado, Maryland, Montana, New York, Texas, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The act also does not seek to criminalize alcohol consumption during religious occasions; (e.g. communion wines,

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