Prof. Tiffany DebickiAugust 22, 2018
Alcoholism is an illness involving the great amount of consumption of alcoholic beverages, including soft liquors such as beer, hard liquors such as vodka, alcohol can play a very disturbing and devastating role in one’s life, affecting the person physically, emotionally, and biologically, and affecting the family and friends. Teenagers between the ages of fifteen to eighteen are drinking an average of nine to eleven cans of beer per week. They will ruin their lives if they don’t cut down on the alcohol. Should this be enough to raise the drinking age up to twenty-Five? That’s why alcohol should have warning labels to aware people.
Yes, the drinking age should be raised. Why? Because Alcohol have many drinks such as beer and wine it contains a substance that causes loss of consciousness, which affect the person’s thinking. Internet research shows that “drinking is one of the biggest problems facing in Unites State. The proportion of people at risk as a result of excessive drinking of alcohol 3200 people died and almost 81,000 people are admitted to hospital every year.”(CNN) Teenagers do not understand how dangerous alcohol can be. (BBC) News proved that the UK has one of the worst problems in Europe, with a fifth of children aged eleven to fifteen drinking at least once per week. There is evidence that teenagers are drinking an average of forty-four bottles of wine or one hundred and seventy seven pints of beer in a year.( Articles in the Telegraph) show that there are one hundred and ninety thousand, fifteen to sixteen years old in Scotland which fifty seven thousands of them binge drink meaning drinking five or more drinks in one session. If that habit does not get stopped alcohol is going to ruin the teenager’s lives before they become adults.
Because Alcohol have many drinks such as beer and wine it contains a substance that causes loss of consciousness, which affect the person’s thinking, they can have health problems like liver cancer, problems in nervous system and more. There is evidence that teenagers are drinking an average of forty-four bottles of wine or one hundred and seventy seven pints of beer in a year. If that habit does not get stopped alcohol is going to ruin the teenager’s lives before they become adults. If all the alcohol products had the warning labels, people would be more aware of what they are doing to themselves.
When we talk about someone having an alcohol problem, it does not necessarily mean that they are an alcoholic. Problems with alcohol can range from occasionally drinking at harmful levels to full-blown alcoholism, or alcohol dependence. Not everyone who has an alcohol use disorder is an alcoholic, and not everyone who could benefit from treatment is an alcoholic. You don’t have to exhibit all of the symptoms to have a drinking problem. Under the diagnosis guidelines in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5), published by the American Psychiatric Association, there are 11 symptoms of alcohol use disorders. If someone displays only 2-3 of these symptoms they can be diagnosed with a mild alcohol use disorder. Drinkers who exhibit 4-5 of the symptoms are considered to have a moderate alcohol use disorder, and those with 6 or more symptoms, are diagnosed with a severe alcohol use disorder (Gans).
Alcohol also affects your mind. Alcohol containing ethyl alcohol is the substance adversely affects the mind, which affects thinking, moods, and emotions of the person. The mind of the person grows and develops from the age of 15 to 25. So, the alcohol has the toxic effect on the brain of a minor. Secondly, reduce the fatality rate. For instance, increase dose of drinking alcohol may cause death because their bodies and small brains cannot bear it. Statistics shows that “half of the males and females aged 14 to 25, die each year for drinking alcohol. Moreover, many fatal accidents, such as traffic accidents while crossing the road as well as car accidents are due to lack of concentration and awareness that is caused by drinking alcohol.” Lifting the age to 25 has positive affects to their behaviors, and it’s the best way to address the problems of violence caused by drinking alcohol furthermore, for drinking alcohol affects the behavior of the minors, such as aggression, anger, and depression that is caused by family problems and social problems. In fact, drinking alcohol negatively affects the lives of those people who are under the legal age of drinking. And when a person consistently drinks alcohol in their every day’s life it affects the way people handle their responsibilities as well as how they handle themselves. Most often alcohol consumption becomes a way to unleash built-up negative feeling towards life, while some people use alcohol to drown their anger, guilt and depression. Therefore, alcoholics general states of mind is moody and unhabituated, legally to increase chances of aggressive behavior at the slightest provocation.
Alcohol also slows you down by high consumption; it affects your body responses. It slows down your brain which means you are more likely to have an accident if you are driving. That’s why everybody says do not drive when you are drinking, it can cause you death or other person’s life can be at risk. Avoid driving while drinking so you and your friends and families are safe.
Alcohol is not only bad for your behavior it is also bad when you drink when you are pregnant; my research states that 85% of girls get pregnant when they are only 19-23. Most teenagers think that drinking when you are pregnant does not harm the baby, but they don’t realize it until it happens. When a girl is pregnant, the baby grows inside you, so whatever you eat or drink they have the same thing, and moreover it affects your baby on what you eat and drink. Some of the ways it can affects are, it can hurt your baby’s growth, the baby can have physical and behavioral problems that can last for rest of his/her life, they can have eating or sleeping problems, seeing and hearing problems, might have trouble following directions and learning how to do simple things, trouble paying attention in class, or might need medical condition all their life’s and many more. Children born with the most serious problems are caused by alcohol they have fatal alcohol syndrome. All of that happens because of the women who is pregnant doesn’t realize that she is harming her baby’s life before he or she is born.
Charles Bukowski explains how the consumption of alcohol affected in his life:
“Drinking is an emotional thing. It joggles you out of the standardism of everyday life, out of everything being the same. It yanks you out of your body and your mind and throws you against the wall. I have the feeling that drinking is a form of suicide where you’re allowed to return to life and begin all over the next day. It’s like killing yourself, and then you’re reborn. I guess I’ve lived about ten or fifteen thousand lives now.”
Charles explains how his life by high consumption of alcohol was; it changed his everyday lifestyle that he used to have. He had that bad experience in his life so he is trying to say by that quote that drinking every day or getting addicted to it is like killing yourself.
This are some of my main reason I want drinking age too be changed. There are many ways to get rid of drinking you can set a goal for yourself that you aren’t going to drink, you can go to rehab, and the most important is your family support, think about your parents who loves you the most, and most of all don’t ruin your life in drinking and especially when you are a teenagers because teenagers are still growing up, they need to experience the new things in life, they need to become something when they grow up for their parents or themselves.
Gans, Steven, and Buddy T | Reviewed. “The Most Common Types of Alcohol Problems.” Verywell Mind, Verywellmind, www.verywellmind.com/what-are-the-different-types-of-alcohol-problems-63139