Drinking in High School
High School is one of the most substantial pieces of every person’s life because of the prodigious impact that is left on every person that experiences it. This project is very personal to me and my own life because of my story. I currently don’t live in my home and I am living place to place. I want to reach out to the teenagers that are or that have gone through a rough time during High School. I want them to understand that there is help that you can go to instead of trying to do it by urself. Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey.
Have you ever been offered an alcoholic beverage? What about someone saying “Don’t worry, just have one little sip”? Most people have their first drink by the time they’re 13. That first drink can be the start of a troubled life.
Drinking can make teens feel good, but that lasts only a short time. Teenagers on shows like “Gossip Girl” or “Degrassi” get drunk regularly, but those shows rarely explore the problems alcohol can cause. Alcohol clouds your brain and hinders your ability to make decisions. Excessive drinking literally makes your brain shrink and can cause serious damage. Binge drinking can cause learning disabilities and damage your memory. It distorts your vision and leads to blackouts. Teenagers often think that drinking will give you more energy, but alcohol isn’t an energy drink; it’s a depressant.
Drinking alcohol affects your inhibitions and makes you do things you wouldn’t if you were sober. Many girls get pregnant and drop out of school because they make the mistake of drinking too much and having unprotected sex. Twelve percent of 15- to 17-year-olds reported having unprotected sex when drinking or using drugs. Also, 24 percent said that because of drinking or drugs they had “done more” sexually than they had intended.
Sometimes girls don’t have a choice. Rape also happens when people drink too much. It only takes one night to mess...