Teen Alcohol Consumption Emily A. Behrends

A study done in 1984 showed that 45% of United States drivers killed in accidents were legally drinking; however, a study done in 2006 showed that 32% of drivers killed were legally drunk. This is one statistic that shows the positive effects of increasing the drinking age. This change has helped save nearly one thousand people a year.

About 36% of adolescents aged 12 to 20 have reported engaging in binge drinking activities.

Unplanned sexual activity is the amount of teens participating in reckless behavior including trying drugs,damaging property, assaulting others, committing violent crimes and committing robberies while intoxicated. In 1999, nearly 40% of underaged drinkers were victims of drownings, burns and falls. Not only have teens accidentally injured themselves but 12% of males and 8% of teens committed suicide while intoxicated. A study done by a college campus shows that 95% of all violent crimes included students who were binge drinking. This type of drinking affects the brain in more than one way.

A study shows that if teens being drinking before the age of 21 they are 41% more likely to develop an alcohol dependency. The dependency of alcohol can result in lowered self esteem, depression, conduct disorders, antisocial behavior, dependency of tobacco, anxiety and a dependency of other drugs. We often hear of drinking in teens during developing time, this can cause brain development issues and many more issues with women who are still experiencing puberty by stopping the development of bone density.

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