Alcohol is a chemical consisting of many ingredients which can harm the body eventually. Alcoholic beverages are divided into three general classes: beers, wines, and spirits. They are legally consumed in most countries, and over 100 countries have laws regulating their production, sale, and consumption. In particular, such laws specify the minimum age at which a person may legally buy or drink them. This minimum age varies between 16 and 25 years, depending upon the country and the type of drink. Most nations set it at 18 years of age.
Teens who are under the age of 18 should not be given alcohol or consume it under any circumstance but most teens these days want to experience what it is to drink alcohol, some for curiosity others for personal purposes. They usually say they drink to have more fun, but I believe we can have as much fun with out drinking. Alcohol can be addictive, and can lead to alcoholism. This week I decided to ask my fellow teens: “What are your thoughts on alcohol drinking?” “Can you have fun without drinking alcohol?” These are their responses:
Javier - Well drinking alcohol is just to relax and put stress behind and it’s nice to have a couple to let loose, but yes u can have fun without drinking when you have very vibrant friends there is no need for drinking, it will always be fun but even if you don’t have cool friends it doesn’t mean you’ll drink but you’re going to have to be the cool one to make the place fun.
Ivy - I think it is okay to take a few drinks when you're with friends but not to the extent of getting wasted. I know people can have plenty of fun without the consumption of alcohol.
Cesibell – There is nothing wrong with taking a drink now and then to socialize but it’s not good to take it as a habit. For teenagers I think alcohol is a waste of time; one can definitely have fun without drinking alcohol. Rather than wasting time on alcohol they should be focusing on school and other educational events.
Gina – Definitely, you don't need to drink to have a good time, clean fun is the best! Alcohol drinking is done due to curiosity!
Ernilda - My thoughts on teens alcohol drinking is that it’s relevant to drinking alcohol it damages your body and also does you bad! I mean it’s okay to drink but don’t overdo it! Yes, you can have fun without drinking I think you have more fun without it!
Yanira - Well I believe that alcohol is really bad where most of teens believe that it’s something good but all what it does it damage our body and yes of course you can have fun without drinking in an healthy manner.
Kevin - Alcohol has been consumed since the early ages by the adults’ usually in parties and in some places it was a usual drink in an ordinary day. But why it has become now a "must be" for parties to "have fun”? In my fairest opinion alcohol is not needed in parties or any other event to have fun, there are many other ways to have without the consumption of alcohol. Like I said that is in my opinion but to other persons that must be present or available so to have fun. At the end it is okay once it is not abuse but always remembering that alcohol just like smoking can damage the body and our health.
Mahe - I really think it’s stupid how teens drink at a young age, not only are you killing your liver and shortening your life, but because they're rushing everything. You have your entire life to get drunk and wasted so why not wait. And don't say because everyone else is doing it 'cause you should be smart enough to know it’s bad for you. Teens need to be above the Influence.
Mundy – Alcohol is something that we should see as optional because we shouldn’t give in to peer-pressure just because our friends are doing it. Of course we can have fun without alcohol all you need is your friends to have a good time.