Facts about Underage Drinking
Surely, we have all tried some alcoholic beverage during our teen years. However, it was usually only for “experimental” purposes. Today, however, the world is a different place and children indulge into vices far more often than, let's say, 20 years ago. This is why underage drinking has become a serious problem. Alcohol consumption of this type is threatening to destroy our entire generations who have become serious drinkers while still in their teenager years. This, of course, is a problem that needs to be solved since there are many problems which may affect an underage drinker's life.
The Negative Effects of Underage Drinking
First of all, we must take into consideration that underage drinkers are people who have their brains still in a developing phase. Therefore, alcohol consumption during this age may interfere with this development, altering it negatively. First of all, memory and concentration may be affected. Also, orientation in space and planning abilities of children may all be sacrificed due to a prolonged period of alcohol consumption. What is more, the brain is stopped from advancing physically, if an underage person is drinking often and excessively.
Another negative aspect of drinking is that, if this becomes one's routine before the age of 15, there are very high chances that this individual will become an alcoholic later in life. If we are to talk about college and alcohol consumption, these two together only give us more unwanted side-effects.
Alcohol indulgence in college has led to numerous rape and abuse cases, as well as violence, along with numerous other, unwanted, behavioral problems. If nothing worse, then alcohol is one of the direct causes of low marks during college studies for many.
Next are injuries and accidents when underage people combine driving or other demanding processes while under the influence of alcohol. This has caused many accidents and deaths during history, and is still a major problem nowadays.
Also, unprotected or risky sexual indulgence usually goes hand-in-hand with alcohol consumption during teen periods. All this, combined with the potential towards developing an alcohol addiction, serves only to emphasize the dangers of underage alcohol consumption.
Finally, alcohol indulgence during these periods may lead to the development of depression and many other forms of behavioral problems and personality issues. Therefore, alcohol and underage people should not go together, for the sake of the children and ourselves as well.