Alcohol Consumption Should be Banned
Topic sentence: Alcohol consumption is extremely dangerous and negatively affects the body in many ways. Topic sentence: alcohol consumption in moderation is healthy for the human body 1. Detrimental to physical and mental health
1. When moderated, can help prevent heart disease
2. Severely hinders adolescent brain development
2. Alcohol breaks down plaque build up in arteries
3. Problems attaining the goals of young adulthood—marriage, education, employment and financial independence 3. Alcohol prevents the formation of gall stones
4. Damage in adolescents is irreversible
4. When used responsibly, there is less risk involved
Alcohol consumption negatively affects the body in many ways, this includes mental and physical deterioration. It has many social implications which impacts negatively on the lives of those who consume alcohol and those around them. Alcohol has the chemical formulation of c2h5oh, which is scientifically classified as ethanol. It has many uses such as petroleum, varnishes, methalated spirits and many other harsh industrial uses, yet it is deemed safe for consumption. On the basis of everything mentioned above, I strongly believe that it should be banned. Alcohol consumption is extremely dangerous and negatively affects the body in many ways. A few of these dangers include; many harmful social implications which impact negatively upon the lives of those who consume alcohol and those around them, and serious mental and physical deterioration. Alcohol has the chemical formulation of C2H5OH, which is scientifically classified as ethanol. It has many uses such as petroleum, varnishes, mentholated spirits and many other harsh industrial uses, yet it is somehow deemed safe for consumption. On the basis of everything mentioned above, I strongly believe that it should be banned, especially considering the adolescent market. They are the future of our world and if we continue to allow alcohol to be legal and freely available to them, we are looking at a dark future. They hold the key to the evolution of mankind, physically, spiritually and mentally and the consumption of alcohol is not only inhibiting this but actually taking us a step backward.
The average age of a child’s first drink is now 12, and nearly 20 percent of 12 to 20 year-olds are considered binge drinkers. Many people believe that adolescents can easily recover from the use of alcohol because their bodies are more resilient, but the opposite is true. Youth who drink can have a significant reduction in learning and memory, and teen alcohol users are most susceptible to damaging two key brain areas that are undergoing dramatic changes in adolescence, namely the hippocampus that handles many types of memory and learning functions. This part of the brainIt suffers from the worst alcohol-related brain damage in teens. Amongst those who have been drinking vast quantities for longer periods Those who have been drinking more and for longer have a significantly smaller hippocampus. Another affected region is the prefrontal area, which undergoes the most change during adolescence. Researchers found that adolescent drinking could cause severe changes in this lobe of the brainarea and others., these parts of the brain which play a vitaln important role in forming their adult personality and behavioral patterns of the person.s. Additionally, those who binge drink once a week or increase their drinking from age 18 to 24 are most likely to experiencemay have problems attaining the goals of young adulthood—marriage, education, employment and financial independence. Rather than “outgrowing” alcohol use, young abusers are significantly more likely to have drinking problems as adults. By corrupting the youth, we create a spiral effect that slowly cripples society into a community of criminals, abusers, drunk drivers and socially in adept human beings. It has been estimated that...
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