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Underage Drinking
By eighth grade, almost half of your classmates will be drinking. By the time you're a senior in high school, almost all of your classmates will be drinking. Unfortunately, all of that drinking is illegal since most countries, including the Unites States, make twenty-one the legal drinking age. Underage drinking is so common it seems like it's not a big deal, and drinking can't be as bad as smoking or drugs….can it?

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The Occasional Drink

Sure, we all want to try it. A sip of Dad's beer or a swallow of Mom's margarita gives us a pretty good idea of what the stuff tastes like – and that's enough for some folks for a long time. You might have a glass of champagne at your cousin's wedding, or your parents may give you a glass of wine at dinner one night, and that isn't really a big deal, either. The big difference between this kind of drinking and “normal” teenage drinking is that you are usually safe at home or with a parent who is fully capable of making correct decisions about things like driving or how many beers to drink.

The Teenage Drinker

Most teens sipping on Dad's beer at dinner one night aren't making it into movies or on the evening news. We all know about the REAL drinkers. The ones who have crazy stories of passing out in the bushes, throwing up in someone's pool, or hopping fences when the cops showed up to bust the party. These drinkers aren't interested in a taste or one small drink – they are drinking to get drunk.

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Drunk is Fun!

Why get drunk? As some of your friends may be able to tell you, being drunk can be fun. Things are funnier, you're more relaxed and since your friends are drinking, it makes sense to try it yourself. But what happens when you have too much fun? Drinking can make you too relaxed and because your brain isn't fully developed until close to twenty-one (sorry, it's the truth) you make really stupid decisions sometimes.

I personally have had one friend almost drown because she thought she could swim after six beers. Sometimes it's not how much you drink its how your body reacts to it. One good friend of mine gets drunk after one beer. She also got too friendly with another boy in front of her boyfriend the first time she drank and regretted it forever.

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The Stats

Even if you don't know anyone (yet) who's had a bad experience with alcohol, it's really only a matter of time. I've had friends in car accidents because they were driving drunk. I've even heard about one guy who died of alcohol poisoning – his friends thought it was funny when he passed out cold and didn't wake up. They drunkenly didn't remember to check on him again until it was too late.

As horrifying as these stories may seem, and they are all true, the government has even scarier things to say about drinking. Studies have shown that kids who start drinking at an early age are most likely to become alcoholics as they grow up. Kids who drink at an early age (before 21) are also more likely to have trouble in school or relationships.

Drinking problem
The scariest thing about drinking is that alcohol thins the blood and actually affects the brain. That is true in people of all ages. Again, an occasional drink is usually okay, but lots of drinking can really mess you up. Kids under twenty-one are still growing and their brains aren't fully formed yet. The more you drink as a kid, the more damage you are actually doing to you brain – and once it's damaged, you can never fix it again.

Yes, alcohol is scary, but it's legal for people over twenty-one for a reason. After twenty-one you can think better, you have more life under your belt and you might even be a bit smarter – or so they say. Alcohol can be scary stuff, but so can aspirin. If you use your head and wait until that head is fully formed, you'll be able to make all the right decisions you need.


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its_skiz_not_s

19/Female
Germany
Posted On: April 14, 2007
I have never had alchohol. at all. and i won't until i'm 21. i haven't even had a single sip of any alchohol.
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Millie_Kat

21/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 13, 2007
i go with my mum and sisters to pubs sometimes and they serve me but it's no big deal! i don't get drunk all the time and because i'm quite shy it helps me enjoy the night more because it loosens me up. everybody does it! i drink at home 2 sometimes and my mumlts mecoz shens ill be snsible.
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misscutie_10

23/Female
Jamaica, NY
Posted On: April 11, 2007
i agree with everyone that said the right thing drinking is a big deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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emily132

34/Female
Italy
Posted On: April 11, 2007
Thank u! Yea, the occasional drink on the holidays or weddings are fine, but plz dont overdrink at anytime! bad things result from it and its such a depressing thing when you hear the someone died in a drunk driving accident, or died of alchol poising! so plz stop....
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Claire_Love

25/Female
Westville, FL
Posted On: April 11, 2007
ok well my sister died 3 days ago. In a car crash, they were all dressed in red and black. Rolled ten times, 6 of them. Drunk at a party. * Sobs *.

Okay it's bad i lost a sister that was a best friend to me.

We wore black everytime, we shared gothic clothes and emo clothes. We had peircings done. But i took all of them out.

I keep seeing her ghost, everywhere.I'm so happy coz my mum is having a baby, She'll be the same as Jaydee.

R.I.P JAYDEE TOMSON DIED April 8 2007
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DistortedxHumo

24/Female
Beverly Hills, CA
Posted On: April 10, 2007
Ppl,

Never Drink...Even if u think...THIS IS SOOO COOL!!!

My friend (not telling name) got drunk and made out with this OTHER GUy u shoudnt do this...

Everything will turn on u..so dont drink!!!
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Chicken_pie15

26/Female
Farmington Hills, MI
Posted On: April 10, 2007
In my country, when i was there, kids that are 10 years old, or even 7, can buy alcohol.
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arabamericansw

22/Female
Japan
Posted On: April 10, 2007
Hmph. In Jordan, almost nobody drinks. Not even "the occassional, harmless" drink. A sin is a sin, peeps. Listen up girls, drinking all together is wrong. Don't do it.
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babyangeldrago

23/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: April 10, 2007
where i come from you can already drink at your 16th... ive done it... and its not such a big deal... sure, there are a lot of terrible things that happens... but if you make sure at least one of your friends dont get drunk it isnt such a big deal... just try to keep thinking...

and being drunk one time doesnt matter either...
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cheerleadercoc

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: April 9, 2007
I learned more from this articla then I learned at school....XD
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stinkyjojo

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: April 9, 2007
i liked this article

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cutethang18

20/Female
Canada
Posted On: April 9, 2007
um..well i know a few people who drink in my grade..like this girl she drink,smokes,and does drugs..she used to be one of my best friends now we hate each other but i used to tell her to stop doing that stuff but she never listened to me or anybody..so eventullay she will learn the hard way..and i will be like i told you so..so yeahh
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Luinloth

21/Female
Akron, NY
Posted On: April 8, 2007
Meh. Once when I was little, I accidently took a sip of my dad's beer and I thought it was apple juice. It was nasty tasting. Alcohol hs never been very appealing since.
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shy_girl_9

34/Female
Castleton, IN
Posted On: April 8, 2007
This is my worst drinking story. Well it was 1 hour before I turned 21 and I was drunk. A policeman cleared the place and found me lying on the floor giggling. He asked me, "How old are you?" and I hiccuped, "20. I'll be 21 in an hour." so I was in jail for one hour. It was pretty embarassing when Bennie came to pick me up. (She had hopped the fence) And she brought a camera. I hate her. (Bennie is my twin sister)
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X_CrIsTiNa_X

24/Female
Mexico
Posted On: April 8, 2007
Really good article

The other day my friend did a XV birthday party and she gave beer, a friend got drunk and he made a total fool of himself.
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