I overheard a girl this morning in first period, and she was laughing about how she had drank and vomited this morning. People take this matter so lightly, and it disgusts me because it certainly should not be. Why are people thinking it's no big deal, that's it's just normal?
Because it is normal. Some teens do get carried away, and they end up passing out or making complete fools out of themselves, but not all teens are like that. I'm Irish and in our culture kids drink to. I only drink a few beers or a couple shots of whisky at a time because I don't like being drunk, but you should see my sister and my cousins. They can chug booze like its water.
I think it's mainly because of how the media potrays it.
Partying = drinking
drinking = getting drunk
getting drunk = funny and dramatic
Drama = fights
fights = sad
sad = more drinking
More drinking = getting smashed
and you can see how the cycle continues. Teenage drinking is portrayed everyday in movies and commericals as something funny and entertaining, when you get drunk. If it was portrayed as depressing, dangerous and wrong, when you get drunk, people would see what a big deal it is
I'm a freshman, and my entire grade wanted to fit in with the upper classmen because they hated a good amount of us before we even entered highschool. So they not only went out and drank themselves silly, but first period on monday they brag about it and post pictures online. Its just pathetic
Some teens think it is "cool" that they are rebels and drink to have fun, but I don't. It's horrible that they're think it's okay to do underage drinking.
Your brain isn't fully developed until your early twenties. Drinking before then can cause serious damage. (Although personally, I think someone who's dumb enough to do it has got some brain damage already.)
Just like not all adults can drink responsibly, not all teens who drink decide to be stupid about it. Its the person, not the age that matters. Alcohol has been a tradition for thousands of years, and this 21 plus idea is a new one. Children as young as 5 used to drink beer. I started drinking beer around then, and had whisky the first time around then as well. Me and my sister brewed our first batch of potin (Gaelic potato whisky) in grade school. I think we turned out fine. By understanding the effects and dangers of alcohol at an early age we have been safer and more responsible with drinking.
Just because it's recent doesn't make it inaccurate. The idea that cigarrettes will kill you is recent too. For thousands of years people believed that the fatter you were, the healthier. The concept of obesity is also a new idea. That doesn't mean it's safe.
And even if you're trying to avoid driving drunk, binge dirnking, and other extreme behaviors, therre is no 'responsible' way for a teenager to drink. Even one glass causes slight damage, and it's further aggravated with every sip. Teens who have more than three drinks at a time (even if it's only twice a month) have been proven to have an average of 10% less brain power than sober teens.
People don't drink to get drunk, they drink to drink. A general rule of thumb, if you're puking and making bad decisions, you're doing it wrong. While it is unfortunate that some people can't control themselves when they drink, there shouldn't be laws put into place to prevent an entire age group from drinking. It's just plain inconvenient. I can't go to bars with my family, and shopping runs are a real hassle for me, because I'm only 16 and people in my household typically order alcohol, so then I need to get someone else to buy it for me, and it takes a long time, or sometimes no one I know is around so I get into a fight with the guy at the packy. THEN I get mad, and take the box of candy at the counter and he calls me names, and I let whatever dog that's tied up outside into the store, and it's just one whole fiasco basically. Alcohol doesn't make you stupid, people are stupid to begin with, and use alcohol as an excuse to act stupid. While it is true, I've seen alcohol cause some very disturbing things, that is not the case for everyone and I don't think the rest of us should suffer because of those few that nature will take care of anyways. Survival of the fittest is a real thing, we don't need to protect anyone from anything, because let's face it, some people are just to stupid to survive, alcohol isn't as big as a factor as people think it is. Drugs and alcohol don't change a person or make them dumber, they just enhance what's already there. Trying to keep booze away from minors is pointless, always has been always will be.
"People don't drink alcohol to get drunk."
Oh, no. I'm sure it's the lovely taste . . .
And no one takes Social Darwinism seriously these days. It's not only a horribly flawed theory, it's also sickening. Take a wild guess what theory ended social reforms in the post-civil war South to ensure blacks didn't practically revert to their former state of slavery and pitiful living conditions . . .
Hey, not everyone likes the taste of alcohol I guess, but if they don't like the taste, why would they be drinking in the first place? Why can wine be classy but liquor can't? If you're drinking to get drunk, once more, you're doing it wrong. There is nothing more pathetic then an alcoholic, they're worse then junkies, believe me. And this Social Darwinism does make sense in some cases, specifically when it comes to things like underage drinking. If someone is to stupid to not pace themselves or drink to much, they're probably to stupid to live. Would you really want them to survive and pass on their genes anyways if they can't even do something as simple as have a drink without causing chaos?
We all hear them. Stories of teen drinking. Fortunately, that's a conversation I can't participate in, but I can still listen. I remember one day, I was sitting with a particular group of people I don't like because one of my friends was there. There was a question up for discussion. What's the most you've tried? To think that as a group of 8th grade kids, that question was even floating around disgusted me. However, I wanted to listen and see just how stupid a person could really get.
Sorla: Well, clearly "inconvenience" is the single biggest factor we should consider when debating whether to take dangerous substances out of the hands of teenagers.
thenightmaresource: I'm almost afraid to ask what the asnwer was...
He.ll yeah, that's the biggest factor. Kids will get their hands on alcohol no matter what, why do we have so many pointless laws in place? Why is it the government's business what we drink? It's not. I thought America was built on the idea of personal freedoms. What happened? We have all these people who want to limit our freedom cause of safety or whatever. Life is pointless without danger and adventure, and as far as alcohol goes, I would put it at a .5 on a danger scale of 0-10. There are a lot of dangerous things out there, like driving. Should we outlaw cars as well? Or maybe we should just outlaw cars for people under the age of 19, or a really random number like that for no reason. You know what else is dangerous? Wrestling alligators. People still do that, I would drop EVERYTHING right now for a chance to wrestle an alligator, but that is beside the point. The government has NO RIGHT to try and control the way that we live. A government is in place to serve the people, not the other way around, so yeah, inconvenience is a big factor. I'm a teen that drinks and does drugs. So what? It's not because I think it's "cool" or "badas.s" or I'm rebelling against anything, I do drugs because I want to. It's my choice, and I stand by that choice. I'm getting my associate's degree, I have a job, I don't kill people and make masks out of their skin in my spare time, and I don't peer pressure other people to do drugs with me. It's my choice, it's my life, and nothing anyone says will make me change anything about it, especially a centralized system who believes that all teens aren't responsible enough to drink just for the few that are to irresponsible to function anyways. Rant over xD