Teens everywhere think about drinking, but they usually don’t think about the consequences. In fact, one out of 10 children ages 12 and 13 uses alcohol at least once a month. In a single year, 522 children under age 14 were arrested for driving while intoxicated, (113 of them were under 10 years old). 70 percent of all teenagers drink alcohol. 60 percent of all teen deaths in car accidents are alcohol-related. To most people, these numbers are just statistics. And most teens never think of themselves as a statistic. It’s easier to picture other people as one, so what would happen if your best-friend tried drinking for the first time, and decided to drive home because she thought she was sober “enough”? You probably wouldn’t see her much, because her chance of making it home safe are smaller than her chances of getting arrested for a DUI, her parents finding her in a hang-over, or her getting in an accident and killing herself. Or, imagine your little sibling is being taken home by his or her friend’s mom after a fun play-date, and there is a raging party right down the street. Bam. Your little sister or brother just became one of the 16,000 people a year that die from a drunk-driving incident. It’s not just a statistic anymore, it’s personal. These are the kind of questions that teens should be asked, to get them thinking about the repercussions about drinking then driving.
First of all, a teenager, shouldn’t be anywhere near alcohol; especially if they’re a driver. After reading the first paragraph most teens would think, “I’m only a teenager. What am I supposed to do to?” Teens are supposed to make sure that they are not the one who is putting others in danger, it’s the only thing they alone can surely, and effectively do. And what does that mean? It means no drinking at all, not even a beer. It’s just not worth it! Going to parties isn’t bad. There are teenagers out there that go to parties, and don’t drink, and have a great time! Teenagers afraid of...
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