Underage drinking is a severe issue in our society. Besides the lack of knowledge about alcohol, there are plenty of temptations surrounding the lives of minors. For example, peer influences, media promote, boredom, rebellious phase, even escape and lack of confidence. In the statistics 2019, “Update on the NIAAA Underage Drinking Prevention Initiative,” it proposes, “By age 15, about 33 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink. By age 18, about 60 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink. In 2015, 7.7 million young people ages 12–20 reported that they drank alcohol beyond “just a few sips” in the past month.” Alcohol is one of the main factors in the deaths of plenty of young people under age 21 each year.
There are some ways to prevent people under minor from drinking alcohol. First, the Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) of 21 specifies the legal age (21 years old) when an individual can publicly purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Second, parents and schools should give lessons about the underage drink will harm the development of the brain. From the article, “Underage Drinking: A Major Public Health Challenge — Alcohol Alert No. 59”, it mentions that drinking during the critical growth period can lead to lifelong damage in brain function, especially memory, motor skills, and coordination. That might cause mental problems and some high-risk actions, like commit suicide, driving after drinking, sexual assault, etc.
Additionally, we have to let the teenagers realize that the exact percentage of traffic fatalities the teenagers have done after drinking. In “Underage Drinking Statistics: United States,” the article points out that nearly 11 million underage people consume alcohol in the United States alone, and the percentage is getting higher and higher for those young people over the years. Therefore, we should make underage people understand the decision they make before thinking carefully and what their responsibilities they should take if the thing happens.