Under Age Drinking : The Problems It CreatesIt’s a Saturday night, and the bars are packed. People are insidehaving a few, or more than a few, drinks. A select few are really drunk orpassed out. Now lets step outside and take a look at a different type ofdrinking, drinking at an early age. High school and junior high kids are at aparty drinking.
Like the adults, some are just having a few, but quite a feware having more than that and are stumbling around.These kids have been given the idea that drinking is something thatadults do, and we all know that kids can’t wait to be grown up. Thus, theydrink, figuring that if they can at least do what adults do then they will begrown up, in a way.
This is how our society works.Enough with the philosophy of it. Now I would like to talk about theeffects that early age drinking can have on a person. I grew up in a town thathas the most bars per capata in the state of Montana and is in the top ten inthe United States. This has a huge effect on under age drinkers. The bars cardat the door and as long as your 18 your in. And since the bouncers will stampnearly anyone they know or like the number of kids is always high.
It dosn’thelp that Dillon is a college town and ther are many under age college kidsthere. Now lets imagine another party where kids are drinking.The bonfire is roaring, Bubba just decided that singeing everyone’seyebrows off by throwing some gasoline on the fire would be fun. Of coursenobody thought that this was very funny except for Bubba.
Bubba is not the onlyteenage person at this party who has had a few to many. There are a lot ofunder age kids who are just plain drunk. This is a regular kind of party in myhometown, everyone goes out and drinks to get drunk. The sad thing is, thatthese kind of parties happen a lot of time twice a week expecially during thespring.
All this partying catches up with these young peolpe. They don’t getjobs because they are too tired from partying all night or all weekend long.Thier grades start slipping. The worst effect, however has to be the addictionto alcohol.
I’ve seen freshman who drink all the time because they feel theycan’t live without their alcohol. Of course you have to realize that this is aworst case scenario. I also know kids who drink just a little, they know theirlimits, and don’t try to break them.Now here’s another worst case scenario. A college kid has been studyingfor a few hours, you can feel the boredom in the room.
He decides to take a fewminutes off and cracks open a beer to relieve the tension. The only problem isthat he doesn’t stop there. He decides to have a few more, then after finishinga couple more he calls up his buddies and the go out and drink some more. Hewakes up in his room on his floor or in someone else’s room, thinking he musthave passed out. He has a really bad hangover and decides to sleep it off. Hewakes up quite a bit later, and in the room next to him you can here his longstring of profanities.
I guess he remembered the big test he is suppose to take.He crams in what material he can in what little time he has, knowing he won’tbe able to learn it all. He takes the test and knows he failed, this the fifthtest he has failed so far and his GPA is way below par. Two days later he getsa letter saying that he is out of school for breaking academic probation, againthis is a worst case scenario.My last scenario is a person at around thirty or forty.
You can see anold beat-up pickup drive in and park in front of one of the bars. He walks intothe bar, a half-an-hour later he stumbles out and heads to another bar. Twohours later, and a twelve pack more, he stumbles his way out of the second bar.He walks to his pickup opens the door