In the United States, the legal age to drink an alcoholic beverage is 21. There are various different benefits to waiting until you are legally able to drink.
First and foremost, it is the law. We should all be law abiding citizens. The last thing you want to have to do is call your parents or a friend to come pick you up from a police station because you chose to break the law and drink underage. It is not worth it! Even if you do not end up in jail, you still have the potential of getting in trouble with your parents or elders. Regardless of the situation, you are placing yourself in a scenario where you will need to watch over your shoulder the entire night to make sure that you are not being caught doing something illegal. Who wants to look over their shoulder every few minutes rather than being able to enjoy themselves care free? If you stay sober, you can have fun without any worries of who is watching you or who may pop up at any given time.
Drinking can be an expensive habit. If you wait until you are 21, you will be able to save more money if you don’t start the habit until you are of age. Don’t waste your money on creating a habit that you aren’t legally allowed to be doing.
Drinking underage requires that you are a good liar. Depending on how young you are and how underage you are, you may need to lie to your parents. Typically, parents are able to pick-up on behaviors such as drinking so you would need to be pretty good at lying.
You are young and you want to remember your younger years, right? Alcohol has the potential to allow you to blackout or have behaviors that you will not remember in the morning. There may be periods of time that you may not be able to recall due to the use of alcohol. You are young, enjoy your younger years with full clarity and be able to enjoy recalling old memories. It is possible to go out and have fun without alcohol in your system and it is even more fun to recall those fun times years later.
There are a few scientific reasons that you should wait until you are the legal age of 21 before you choose to drink alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can interfere with the overall development of a young adult’s brain. The frontal lobes, are typically impacted. This area impacts a human’s ability to regulate their emotions, plan, and organize. Additionally, the likelihood that chronic problems will occur in your life will increase. For example, you are more vulnerable to developing an addiction to alcohol, developing dangerous behaviors that cause you to take unnecessary risks and your decision-making ability has the potential to be reduce. In addition, you can deal with memory loss, depression, violent behaviors, and the chances of suicide will be increased. None of that sounds worth taking a drink of an alcoholic beverage!
Choosing the right college can be challenging, but knowing where to start can be even more challenging. No worries, I am here to help you through the process, and give you some tips I wish someone would’ve told me before I choose which college to attend.
First things first, you need to decide what you want to major in. This will be the most important part of the process, because it will determine what career you will choose after college. This decision is not the end all be all, you can definitely change majors once you’re in college. But note that changing majors can affect how long it will take you to graduate. After, you’ve thought about what you’d like to major in, let’s take a look at your GPA from high school. This is another important aspect when choosing a college, because some colleges will have a minimum GPA score level from the people they accept.
Next, it’s time to decide if you want to stay close to your hometown or go away for college. Both options have their own pros and cons. These pros and cons can vary from money and how much financial aid the college will provide you, job success after graduation, opportunities the college offers such as study abroad or internships, to how many people attend the college. These are all things to take into consideration when choosing a college. Other things to consider when choosing a college, would you mind living in the area surrounding the campus? Do they have a good program for your major? Does the college have big or small classes, which would you prefer? How is the college ranked? Does ranking matter to you? Is the campus big or small? Which would you prefer? Does the school feel like a good personal fit?
Make sure to also do research on alumni, current students and professors who are present on the different campuses of the colleges you are inquiring about. It’s always good to do great research than none at all and pick a college you know nothing about and regret your decision in the end. And if this happens, you’ll end up transferring to another college, where you’ll definitely do your research to not have the same thing happen again. So you mind as well get all the research done now, and save yourself both time and money.
Now that you have all this newfound knowledge on how to choose a college, I hope you are ready to start the process! Good luck!
Growing up, you can’t wait for that moment when you turn 16 and you’re able to get your driver’s license. Even better, you can’t wait to turn 15 and get your learner’s permit. You imagine the freedom of being able to drive yourself wherever you want to go. You imagine being able to drive around all of your friends and have a fun time out together.
But you need to realize that driving is a serious matter. It is not something that should be taken lightly. Here are a few things to consider when you start driving around town.
Cell Phone Activity: It Can Wait
Every year, 1 in 4 car crashes in America is caused by texting and driving. With so many things we can do on our phones these days–call, text, Tweet, check our e-mail, Snapchat–it is easy to see how this device can be a deadly distraction when you are behind the wheel. Avoid temptation and put your phone on airplane mode while you are driving. Or better yet, turn the whole thing off. Whatever you want to do, it can wait until you get to where you’re going.
Always Obey Traffic Laws
One of the reasons it can be important to take a driver’s ed class is because you want to know all of the traffic laws backwards and forwards. You need to know who goes first at a four-way stop. You need to know what to do at a broken traffic light. You need to know that pedestrians always have the right of way. There are a ton of other laws that you need to be familiar with before you get on the road. So make sure you prepare yourself.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving is a serious issue. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving car accident. As a teen, you should not be drinking, but if you have been drinking, you certainly shouldn’t drive. (If drinking is a problem for you, please consider getting help by finding an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting or calling an Alcohol Hotline for guidance.)
Driving should not be taken lightly. It is important that you learn to be a responsible driver. When you drive, you are putting your life in your own hands. When anyone gets in the car with you, you are putting their life in your hands. You want to show the world that you understand the weight of that and will treat it with respect.