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(April 07, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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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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SILLYx_LoveSon

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 7, 2007
I was in a car accident with my family once. The man who smashed my mumj's trunk into the back of the car was drunk, drinking, AND on drugs. They never found that man.

I personally choose not to drink, but I've had chamange at a cousin's wedding. I spat it out on the carpet, which was a little embarassing. But it didn't taste too great. I don't understand why people can't follow the law. It's such a same. But you article has a great point, good lesson, and strong isgficance. Great job!

~Lily
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Aimereta

24/Female
Bear Valley Spri, CA
Posted On: April 7, 2007
This article really does have a significance, especially because prom and graduation are right around the corner... I almost lost someone I love dearly to alcohol, and I don't want to repeat his mistake. I've made a vow never to touch alcohol in my lifetime. People say I'm crazy, but I have my reasons. Anyone else feel this way?
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virtugirl333

23/Female
Baltimore, MD
Posted On: April 7, 2007
I think that if parnts, or any adlt relly, give a miner a drink, it's still wrong. I was totlly tickd at my famly for lettng beer be brght to my 9 year old cosn's b-day party!
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hannyspannie

23/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 7, 2007
I'm Sure That If Your Brian Must Be Developed Enough By The Age Of 18, For Drinking To Be Safe, As The Law In England Is 18 And Over.
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sloth101136

22/Female
Antarctica
Posted On: April 7, 2007
This is a good article for people mostly teens to read. I personally think that drinking is a waste of time because you hurt people you love and care about you. So think about it, why drink and face the terrible consequences?

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Xiaolin_Showdo

21/Female
AZ
Posted On: April 7, 2007
This is a great article for everyone to read!
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Fauna93

21/Female
Canada
Posted On: April 7, 2007
That is VERY true. This article's managed to scare me off from drinking.
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rythmicgal201

36/Female
Foster City, CA
Posted On: April 7, 2007
yeah this article is truth i think kids should watch what they do and to not give in to pier pressure
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suicidal_angel

20/Female
Posted On: April 7, 2007
very well said
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Dollmaker1103

23/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: April 7, 2007
why do people fight over first to post?

Anyway the article speaks alot of truth. I do drink but only on special occasions. Many of my friends do drink alot more and are totally messed up. I've seen the affects on drinking problems and its something i never want to get in my life.
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carebearv78

21/Female
Yugoslavia
Posted On: April 7, 2007
really inspiring
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Alphess_gurli

24/Female
Canada
Posted On: April 7, 2007
This article Is SO true, once my (I know he's not teenaged) aunt's ex-husband stabbed the couch open to get the "kittens" out

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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: April 7, 2007
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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