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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.

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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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Ice_Lolly

25/Female
Johnson City, TN
Posted On: April 8, 2007
I don`t drink and I probably never will, along with smoking. I have tasted alcochol before and it`s the nastiest type of drink I have ever tasted. I don`t understand how some people can become accustomed to the taste. Even drinks that have flavors still have the alcoholic taste, well most of them.
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coleyfelix

19/Female
San Marcos, CA
Posted On: April 8, 2007
Great article! Both my parents drink beer and stuff, so it's always been there. I have always hated the smell and I think beer probably tastes just as bad. >_<

Once, when we went to the horse race, my parents snuck in some vodka (I know, I spelled it wrong). I asked for a water bottle and my mom gave me one that wasn't filled with water! It was so gross >_< then she said she was so sorry and took it away, then gave me another that wasn't water! She felt so bad!

Now, every time I get a water bottle, I sniff it and take a very small sip before I gulp in down. >_
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Miranda_

29/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 8, 2007
My parents let me drink as a teen, which took all the fun out of it. I now work in a pub and I see teens trying to buy booze all the time. Even some who are pregnant; yet they still try to buy alcohol. Cuz they are underage, I can refuse to serve them, and most of them kick off when I do.

However, I have a very good relationship with alcohol and altho I've gotten drunk in the past, I've never made myself ill or even been sick from drinking. I can also go out for lunch and just have 1 or 2 drinks, which sadly a lot of ppl can't do.
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BuDaFlY678

23/Female
Hollywood, FL
Posted On: April 8, 2007
when i was ten,i tried corona (a type of beer)and i almost drank the whole bottle.So dat night,at like 1 0,I barfed da whole thing out.It was so disgusting!
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crazykiek

45/Female
North Huntingdon, PA
Posted On: April 8, 2007
the worst drinking expirience ive had is spending teh ngiht next to the toilet puking my guts out. not fun. new years i got sowasted i abrely rmebred anything except my best freind tuking me ino bed and feeding me water trying to sober me up. i woke up the enxt mrorning and told my mom i dont rember much about alst night but i htink amnda is a really good freind. i drink ovcasionally but only at home withfreidns who will watch outfor me adn atke cre of me if i go voerboar thank goodness fo freinds. DONT EVER DRINK ALONE!!!!
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mango2

19/Female
Alpine, CA
Posted On: April 8, 2007
MY FRIEND SAID THAT HER FRIEND WHO IS IN 7TH GRADE SAID THAT SHE WENT BEHIND A TRASH CAN AND HAD A LOT OF ALCHOL AND I AM SAYING THAT IS TOO MUCH FOR A 7TH GRADER.
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sexy_doll_chic

22/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: April 8, 2007
I used to drink when I was 13 and a little bit when I was 14. It really relaxed me. But, I quit and became straight-edge (you don't drink, do drugs, smoke cigarrettes, or do primiscuous sex). I haven't had a drink in months. :-)
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inluve1111

20/Female
Virgin Islands (British)
Posted On: April 7, 2007
ok umm church real wine but thats it i swear!
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cornelia_weasl

23/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: April 7, 2007
Once again and an actual comment this time. My chruch gives real wine and I have sips. None other than that.
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FireFey

23/Female
Silver Spring, MD
Posted On: April 7, 2007
Just wanted to add:

Your brain can get messed up however old you are if you drink too much, not just when you're young. On comparison brain scans of normal (1 glass a day or less) middle aged men and heavy drinkers of the same age, who hadn't drunk as kids, the drinkers have slow reflexes, worse memory, worse coordination and motor skills, and other permenant damage to the brain. On top of this, there is permenant damage to the liver, which causes numerous physical health problems. Psych class overloaded us on that

So don't drink too much!
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gothicflower

23/Female
Latvia
Posted On: April 7, 2007
I dislike drinking, I have tasted alcohol (with my parents) and I didn't like it. But my classmates for example don't know any other way to have fun, except drinking.
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shaami66

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: April 7, 2007
Good article.

But Haley_Noelle, it is a stupid thing to do. But a lot of kids don't do it to just be cool or to get a date. Trust me. I'm basically drunk everyday of my life. Most people drink to get away from all the messed up things in their life. Or they do it to have a good time. Which is still stupid, but we can't help it.
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: April 7, 2007
over here the drinking age limit is 18 and my sister turned 18 last year and at her party she got totally trashed and she ahd to take her friend to the airport in the morning and she was really sick which has put me off ever drinking till im trashed. but great article the should have things like it at schools
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Sparklie_Garli

20/Female
Winkelman, AZ
Posted On: April 7, 2007
That was a really good article! However, I don't really believe that by eighth grade half of the class will be drinking. I only know one person in my grade who is involved with this kind of thing. But a lot of the highschoolers are drugged and drunk. Their common room smells of cigarette smoke. It's disgusting, especially since I go to a very good school. I guess everywhere is different...Anyway, I'm not going to drink when I'm older just because I don't like alcohol. I tried champagne mixed with orange juice at a New Year event, and the alcohol tasted really nasty. Yuck! I don't think I'm ever going to like it.

~Thanks~
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Bluelittleswee

20/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: April 7, 2007
I had a schooldance yestarday. The popualr girls where all drunk. They where falling over and screamin gall the time, and they also fell onto the snakcs table and broke the pucnh bowl. They ruined the whole party. And they where all freaing 13 years old! 13 year olds aren't supposed to get drunk!
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