Minors say no to underage drinking

Published 7:00 am Saturday, June 13, 2015

Whether they use fake identification cards or attend parties to drink intoxicating beverages, many people younger than 21 engage in underage drinking. However, a new study released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows underage drinking among U.S. residents aged 12 to 20-years-old dropped 21 percent from 2002 to 2013.

While alcohol continues to be the number one drug of choice for minors, strict state and federal laws seem to finally deter many from alcohol.

In recent years, state and federal laws against underage drinking have become more strict, especially when it involves minors caught driving under the influence or possessing a fake identification card. Those harsh laws could be one of the reasons why many are saying no to alcohol.

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Social media platforms also seem to be playing a role in deterring the younger generation from the dangers of alcohol. On a daily basis, organizations nationwide such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving raise awareness about the consequences that result from drinking and driving. News outlets regularly post stories involving someone being arrested for driving under the influence or injured by someone who was drinking and driving.

In this day and age, people are exposed to more information, which allows them to make a more educated decision.

In the end, young people should think twice before engaging in underage drinking. The same applies to adults. Anybody who decides to drink must do so responsibly.

However, minors should be wary of the serious consequences that come with underage drinking. They could receive a DUI or jail time, which could impact their lives in the long-term. The ultimate consequence could be death.

While minors will continue to find ways to acquire alcohol, it’s great to know many of them are saying no to alcohol.