When you think of teenage drinking stories, you probably think about the girl who stumbled and fell while accepting her diploma or the guy who streaked around the neighborhood. There are many funny teenage drinking stories, but there are also many tragic stories as well. The legal drinking age in America is 21 years of age. Although states do make their own laws regarding drinking age, The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of encourages states to stick with the 21 rule or face reduction in highway funds. When you look at this fact, teenage drinking becomes not only dangerous, but illegal as well.
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Teen Drinking Risk Factors and Consequences
More than 2, people die from alcohol poisoning each year, which is an average of six people per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of deaths varies widely from state to state. For example, there are 5. Too much alcohol in your bloodstream causes the areas of your brain that support breathing, your heart rate, and other basic life-supporting functions to start to shut down. In other words, your friend who drank way too much , may not just be sleeping it off.
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Fortunately, underage drinking has actually been steadily declining for decades in the United States. However, it is still prevalent enough to be a major public health concern. By , all 50 states and the District of Columbia had adopted 21 as the minimum drinking age, setting off a steady decline in underage drinking rates among 8th, 10th and 12th-grade students that continues today.
I had my last drink five years ago, in the early hours of the morning on 1 January I think it might have been around 2am. But I was drunk. Feeling neither happy nor sad, I raised the glass and swallowed the booze. It was some kind of fruit punch.