The Dangers of DWI (Drinking While Immature)
by kdunl2 on September 17, 2013 - 5:44pm
The author (Boulard 2005) believes that the alcohol companies are now marketing their product specifically to the youth. They use pictures of beach parties and skateboarding competitions to capture the attention of students underage. The difficulty with stopping underage drinking is if there’s someone willing to help or sell these kids alcohol how can the government really stop that? The most they can do is enforce the law and educate the youth on the dangers of alcohol rather than hiding it. Senators and state representatives all agree that it would be extremely unwise to believe that passing another bill or making another law would stop all underage drinking. They came to the conclusion that rather than trying to stop everyone from underage drinking they need to help the kids who don’t want to participate in drinking because they are the ones willing to accept the help.
I agree that the number of underage college students who participate in binge drinking is a very serious matter. The fact that 44% of U.S. college student engage in binge drinking is a freighting number. That means that nearly half of the students in college are binge drinking. I think an important fact that they brought up in the article is that you can’t stop someone from doing what they want to do and if you try to their going to want to do it even more. That’s basically saying that if the government decided to pass a bill in hopes to stop underage binge drinking, the number of students who drink will either increase or the students who are already binge drinking will drink more heavily. The article also speaks about the difference of underage drinking from the 1970’s to now. Kids now are proud of participating in underage drinking, the post photos and videos on the social media rather than in the 70’s they tried to hide that they participated in that behavior. However, if the number of underage binge drinkers doesn’t decrease and high school students aren’t taught the real dangers of alcohol, the likelihood of underage binge drinking increasing is very high.