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Jessica Miller, Co- Editor in Cheif

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Underage drinking is a huge problem in our society. If you ask around in any of your classes, it is almost a definite that you will find someone who has had more than a drink or two. According to MADD,teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year. Some may argue that the best solution to this is to lower the drinking age, but in reality, it is quite the opposite.
As Prohibition in the 1920’s proved, outlawing alcohol would not work. In addition, just raising the drinking age would not be a 100% fix, but it would be a start. It is widely known fact that the human brain does not fully finish developing until the age of 25, and that excessive alcohol use can kill brain cells.
According to psychcentral.com 47 percent of those who begin to drink alcohol before the age of 14 become an alcoholic at some time in their lives, compared to the 9 percent of those who wait at least until age 21. It is proven that the later someone starts drinking, the less likely they are to become alcoholics.
This is quite obviously a huge difference, and it could be furthered by pushing the drinking age up to 25. In addition, at 21 most people are just starting their professional lives. Getting and maintaining a stable working position is extremely important so that individuals will be able to do things like buy or rent a house, and for some, start a family. Aside from being destructive, alcohol is a money drainer, with Americans spending over $90 billion dollars on it a year! As stated on csn.com an average individual may consume as much as 43 gallons of beer a year,or 459 bottles which can cost them hundreds of dollars out of their salary.
Side effects of alcohol consumption, include fatigue, thirst, headache, nausea, light and sound sensitivity, and dizziness. These can be distracting at the workplace, and lead to employers to go as far to fire an employee whose performance is impaired due to these factors.
Of course, most high schoolers are not thinking of things that far into the future, while they are in high school. But what concerns most high-schoolers is binge drinking. For those who are not familiar with the term, binge drinking is the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. Due to a lack of experience, and the so-called “thrill” of your first few drinks can lead to quite a bit more. Many teens find themselves overindulging, which can lead to liver damage, and alcohol poisoning.. Alcohol poisoning can lead to vomiting, seizures, hypothermia, and even death if it goes untreated. Unfortunately, most teens do not know how to deal with alcohol poisoning, or even how to identify symptoms before it gets too severe.
In order to reduce alcohol related deaths, the best thing to do is to educated today’s teens, and even younger children, about alcohol. Not only the dangers, but safe consumption amounts, and how to identify alcohol poisoning symptoms.

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