• Today around 11% of alcohol in the United States is consumed by kids ages 13-20 and 90% of that drinking is binging which is viewed as five drinks or more within a drinking period. In fact drinking has become more

    • Dear Allison, i like how you explained the harm of under age drinking and the key components alcohol has that can even more severely harm a person.After reading this this really could help parents have a more concern on their young one.

    • Colin I found your post to be very compelling in how to explained “Most teenagers are going to drink at some point through high school or college”– you explained this point very well and I could see your argument well throughout your post. I also found this website to be helpful in explaining that underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks.


    • Colin, this was a very great summary. You included evidence about laws that have been passed, fatalities, and different statistics about different age groups. I like how you also touched on both sides and explored the outcomes from different ages. I really liked the reference to the “forbidden fruit” and how it is actually a “rotten apple.” I think that gave your research a fictional feel, which is interesting because it’s fact-based. You should look at this research done by Boston College comparing the 21 and 18 year old drinking age I think it could help aid your research: https://www.bu.edu/today/2010/drinking-18-vs-21/

    • Colin,
      I found this very interesting. I liked how you gave strong statistics at the very beginning to draw in the reader. I also liked how you talked about the causes at the end and then gave reasoning for why the drinking age should be 18 to prevent binge drinking. You may find this link helpful: http://www.indiana.edu/~engs/articles/cqoped.html

    • Colin, I really enjoyed reading your piece. The facts you brought to light about drunk driving fatalities before and after the age limit were very intriguing. Also bringing up an essence of a forbidden fruit for the reasoning behind why teens want to try alcohol is a very good point. I completely agree with that point and I believe that teenagers often are striving to be able to view themselves as mature and this causes them to begin drinking to prove to themselves or others that they are mature and can drink alcohol to make them feel older or to numb them from pain. I enjoyed how you backed up your piece with the facts that you gave in your writing.

    • Colin,
      I found your piece on the chemistry of underage drinking interesting. You gave very strong statistics which greatly strengthened your argument. Your explanation of the “forbidden fruit” idea was well written and showed the detrimental effects that not informing children on the dangers of alcohol can have on adolescents. I found an article which debates the pros and cons of lowering the legal drinking age, which I think that you’d find interesting. I posted it below.

      Legal Drinking Age Should Be Lowered

  • Jaime
    I think the points you brought up are true for many teens. When I got a job, it changed who I was as a person. It made me think about what I have and how hard it is to accomplish a goal. I think this is a lesson all should learn. At the same time this pends on what type of job your are working at. I think your job should be reflective on…[Read more]

  • Ethan,
    I really enjoy reading about your topic, because today in the sports worlds it is such a big deal. I believe the NCAA is one of the most corrupt industry and it is a tragedy that individual players can not make money off their likeness. I think college sports have actually lost in the fact that instead of staying in the NCAA they jump to…[Read more]

  • This week I conducted a survey viewing the underage drinking that is apart of our school. I asked students if they have consumed alcohol in the last month, how many times, and if any of those times happend to be

    • Colin, I think this is a very pressing issue that needs to be brought up. I was surprised about the numbers that you had based on your survey, this article can give some more accurate non biased results if that is what you are looking for, I know that was one of your concerns, https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa37.htm. I don’t think lowering the age limit is the answer if fact I think we should get rid of it in general because age doesn’t determine maturity and that is what we are looking for. A legal age drinker in college may still binge drink while a seventeen year old may just enjoy a drink with their parents every so often. I think if we can find a way to measure maturity instead of just age, it will lower binge rates. The age limit was made because this is when the developing brain starts to finish up but everyone is different maturity levels vary by person. Can’t wait to hear more from you.

  • Angie, I raly enjoyed your poem. I think it is very hard to be very introspsective on your life and feelings and publish it for people to read. You put a lot of time and effort and the rhyme scheme is very impressive. Personally I like the realness your poem presents. I think the thought of why we do things for love and why we continue to be…[Read more]

  • Erica,
    I always did think people from various regions acted alike and I was very intrigued. I enjoy travel and saw how people interacted in California to Wisconsin all the way to Florida and I saw each region had their own distinct personality. I think geography plays a huge role of who you are because each region values something different that…[Read more]


    Underage drinking has become one of the biggest problems our country has had to face. It has become the number one drug of choice for teens, and its regular use makes it seem like there is no issue and that

    • You presented the problem quite well in this piece; I must agree, reducing the age would be amazing and work wonders for our nation. If you take a look at places like Germany, the legal drinking age is 16, but most places will serve you booze if you’re tall enough to sit at the bar counter. It definitely takes away that sort of forbidden aspect of it; reducing the age limit would most certainly prove beneficial in the long run, at the risk of a brief period of chaos at the start. There is, of course, the risk of integrating that view of booze with out culture; drinking as something illicit has been so ingrained into our culture at this point in time that if we were to do such a thing, it would run the risk or opening the gateways to something that the nation cannot handle. It truly is a gamble, but I favor the former option: lowering the age limit.

    • Colin, I enjoyed reading your article. I the difference between how Americans treat the alcohol problem compared to how Europeans have elected to face this stunning. I believe it is mainly a result of the culture difference. Much like what Zachary says, our urge to drink while underage is likely a sign of pressure, the feel to need something we can’t have, and how our media has portrayed drinking. Our examples of how to model our drinking laws do not have to extend across the Atlantic. We can take a look at our neighbors. Countries like Canada are not faced with this problem to the same extent the US is.
      I think you’ll find this link interesting to look at: https://drinkingage.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004294

  • Hannah I think this topic is very important and especially is relatable for high school students transitioning to college. College has become very expensive and it is hard for some families to pay even if you are a brilliant student. It saddens me that people who want to learn and get a job are hindered by money. When you do get a loan it puts you…[Read more]

  • Charlie I think your topic is very interesting. I agree that all though very expensive and time consuming I think budding a base in space is worth it. I think it could provide a lot of opportunities for the future of our Earth. It would be one step closer for us to figure out how we could live on a different planet. This base would also allows us…[Read more]

  • Colin commented on the post, Mental Health Stigma 1 month ago

    Cicely, I think your post is one that should be talked about a lot more than it is. Mental health has become a type of embarrassment where if you have it you hide it, because you are worried you will be made fun of. The statistic of Utah really hits hard home for me because I had two male friends who took their own lives. I believe we need to…[Read more]

  • Hi Olivia, I found your article very interesting. I do believe athletes are very much so overpaid. Yes they are perfectionist at their craft but at what cost. Some basketball players will have a good season get paid a 10 million dollar contract not including endorsements and other outside income and not do much else in here career. I believe we…[Read more]

  • Colin wrote a new post, Success 1 month ago

    The definition of Success is always changing and is viewed very differently in the eye of the beholder. One person’s failure, can be another greatest achievement. It seems today as if the end result is the only

    • Bobby replied 1 month ago

      This is a great post and you were able to argue effectively. Most people nowadays are too concerned measuring other people’s success with other people. https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201711/the-size-success The only thing I would ask is this: do you think you find more sources? You have a really abstract concept, and finding sources/information with this could be troublesome. I enjoyed your post and good luck on your final paper!

  • Tyler, I really enjoyed your research on the topic. Gun violence has become a topic of normality which is not ok. For people who have not experienced it in their own city they do not know the pain and terror it brings to a community. I live in Salt Lake in a community where guns are not an issue. It it very sad to see that guns get placed in our…[Read more]

  • Deepu, I rally enjoyed your piece on how media has interacted with sports. I am a big fan of varying types of sports and I am always on Instagram snapchat and sports center to see the latest news. I think personally media has negatively portrayed our favorite athletes and made sports almost unlikable. They are able to make good people like Lebron…[Read more]

  • Colin commented on the post, Times Up 2 months ago

    I found your post very empowering. I have payed attention to the news and seen all different types of protest about sexual assault in the business place. I think this a topic that needs to be talked about more but in the right manner. I think right now people are only scratching the surface. I would really like to see more action from men in…[Read more]

  • Johan I found your topic very compelling. Seeing a dream become a reality is very cool. With self diving cars becoming more popular I think legislative will need to take a stance like you said. I found it very fascinating how you said only a few governments have taken a stance since it is a pressing topic. I personally do not agree with self…[Read more]

  • Colin wrote a new post, Internet freedom 2 months ago

    Growing up in the age of the technology I have had the privilege of having all types of information at the press of a button. At the same time I have also been able to put out information and communicate with

    • Koji replied 2 months ago

      Dear Colin, I really like your essay about net neutrality. I believe it is a super important issue of our time today, and it is essential that we keep net neutrality in place to stay competitive with other nations. The internet is essentially a ultillity in today’s day and age, so it should be treated as one too.

      Here is an article on how to save net neutrality:

  • Cheryl I found your piece very intriguing, and very relatable. The amount of activity an average teenager does on a device connected to the internet is astonishing. The fact that too much information actually inhibits learning is very interesting. I have come to notice this when I try to cram for an exam, or practicing for sports. I think we have…[Read more]

  • Matthew I really liked reading your post. The emotion you put in really made me attach to your story. I like how you said a quote your brother said, then elaborated on why you liked it. For example how you noticed your brother always wanted you to succeed more than him. In a future post I think you should apply what your brother has taught you to…[Read more]

  • Today everybody knows are nation is divided. We have people divided by race, religions, gender, political parties and so many other classifications, but the biggest divide in our nation is economical. Our largest

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