DRINKING AGE. Universidad Autonoma de Chiriqui Faculty of Humanities School of English Title: DRINKING AGE Professor: Olda Cano By: Emperatriz A. Sanchez Elibeth Acosta Karina Jimenez 4 th Year Morning Session Date: Friday, June 25 th , 2010. INTRODUCTION.
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Faculty of Humanities
School of English
Emperatriz A. Sanchez
Friday, June 25th, 2010
Despitecross-cultural variations, the central factremainsthat in allcultureswhere alcohol isused, drinkingisanessentialelement of celebration. Thisrequiresexplanation: whyshould alcohol, ratherthananyothersubstance, bethe universal symbol of festivity? Theanswerrequiresanunderstanding of theunderlying social functions of celebration, and theirrelationtothesymbolic and pharmacologicalproperties of alcohol.
Studies show that young people who drink
heavily may put themselves at risk for a range of
potential health problems.
Not only can alcohol affect the mind and body in unpredictable ways, but teens lack the judgment and coping skills to handle alcohol wisely. Some of the catastrophic results of teen drinking include:
Teens who use alcohol are more likely to become sexually active at earlier ages, to have sexual intercourse more often, and to have unprotected sex more than teens who do not drink.
Instead of focusing on age, should consider: