"Has been a lifesaver so many times!"
- Catherine Rampell, student @ University of Washington
"Exactly the help I needed."
- Jennifer Hawes, student @ San Jose State
"The best place for brainstorming ideas."
- Michael Majchrowicz, student @ University of Kentucky
Under Age Drinking
Under Age Drinking
It\'s a Saturday night, and the bars are packed. People are inside having a few, or more than a few, drinks. A select few are really drunk or passed out. Now lets step outside and take a look at a different type of drinking, drinking at an early age. High school and junior high kids are at a party drinking. Like the adults, some are just having a few, but quite a few are having more than that and are stumbling around.
These kids have been given the idea that drinking is something that adults do, and we all know that kids can\'t wait to be grown up. Thus, they drink, figuring that if they can at least do what adults do then they will be grown up, in a way. This is how our society works.
Enough with the philosophy of it. Now I would like to talk about the effects that early age drinking can have on a person. I grew up in a town that has the most bars per capata in the state of Montana and is in the top ten in the United States. This has a huge effect on under age drinkers. The bars card at the door and as long as your 18 your in. And since the bouncers will stamp nearly anyone they know or like the number of kids is always high. It dosn\'t help that Dillon is a college town and ther are many under age college kids there. Now lets imagine another party where kids are drinking.
The bonfire is roaring, Bubba just decided that singeing everyone\'s eyebrows off by throwing some gasoline on the fire would be fun. Of course nobody thought that this was very funny except for Bubba. Bubba is not the only teenage person at this party who has had a few to many. There are a lot of under age kids who are just plain drunk. This is a regular kind of party in my hometown, everyone goes out and drinks to get drunk. The sad thing is, that these kind of parties happen a lot of time twice a week expecially during the spring. All this partying catches up with these young peolpe. They don\'t get jobs because they are too tired from partying all night or all weekend long. Thier grades start slipping. The worst effect, however has to be the addiction to alcohol. I\'ve seen freshman who drink all the time because they feel they can\'t live without their alcohol. Of course you have to realize that this is a worst case scenario. I also know kids who drink just a little, they know their limits, and don\'t try to break them.
Now here\'s another worst case scenario. A college kid has been studying for a few hours, you can feel the boredom in the room. He decides to take a few minutes off and cracks open a beer to relieve the tension. The only problem is that he doesn\'t stop there. He decides to have a few more, then after finishing a couple more he calls up his buddies and the go out and drink some more. He wakes up in his room on his floor or in someone else\'s room, thinking he must have passed out. He has a really bad hangover and decides to sleep it off. He wakes up quite a bit later, and in the room next to him you can here his long string of profanities. I guess he remembered the big test he is suppose to take. He crams in what material he can in what little time he has, knowing he won\'t be able to learn it all. He takes the test and knows he failed, this the fifth test he has failed so far and his GPA is way below par. Two days later he gets a letter saying that he is out of school for breaking academic probation, again this is a worst case scenario.
My last scenario is a person at around thirty or forty. You can see an old beat-up pickup drive in and park in front of one of the bars. He walks into the bar, a half-an-hour later he stumbles out and
View Full Essay
Drinking culture, Bar, Alcoholism, Drink, Alcohol intoxication, Alcohol consumption by youth in the United States, Epidemiology of binge drinking
More Free Essays Like This