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I am writing to express my concerns about alcohol and under drinking, and I hope that when you have read this letter you will have changed your mind and hopefully increase the legal age for drinking to 21.

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To Mr Andrew Lansley I am writing to express my concerns about alcohol and under drinking, and I hope that when you have read this letter you will have changed your mind and hopefully increase the legal age for drinking to 21. Youngsters start drink for many reasons such as Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. So if you're tense or uptight, drinking some alcohol will reduce some of that tension and help you "chill out." Most of all teens that drink start by peer pressure. There are also some cases where the parents of the kids abuse them so the kids drink because it makes them feel as if all their problems are all gone. Not only is it peer pressure but the beer commercials, they make it look cool to drink. Another reason for teenagers to drink is parents divorcing. Whenever such a thing happens, teenagers may seek comfort in alcohol. There are many health risks associated with alcohol such as raised blood pressure which increases the risk of Stroke; stomach disorders; depression and emotional disorders; cancer with particularly the mouth, throat and gullet; liver damage; malnutrition; accidents, at home, at work, on the roads and maybe even suicide. ...read more.


Amongst 16-18 year olds, transport accidents are the leading cause of death, with drivers under 20 being involved in over 1,000 drink drive accidents a year.10% of under 18s were convicted for drink driving. Even when sober, young drivers are more accident prone than older more experienced drivers. Alcohol increases their accident risk. The vulnerability of a young person to the effects of alcohol is shown by the lower average blood alcohol levels of young drink driving offenders compared with older offenders. For young people accident risk increases after one drink; after two it doubles and after five it can have increased ten times more. As you may already know binge drinking is defined as drinking a lot of alcohol in a short space of time. Binge drinking can cause many problems: * Accidents and falls are common because being drunk affects your balance and co-ordination. * You're also more likely to suffer head, hand and facial injuries. * In extreme cases, you could die. Overdosing on alcohol can stop you breathing or stop your heart, or you could choke on your vomit. ...read more.


graveyards or enclosed spaces, they might think that a drunken will be around the corner who isn't sober might lash out for no apparent reason can cause harm to them. If alcohol was discovered now it would be classified as a harmful and illegal drug because of many reasons which include: * Only one or two drinks can impair your judgement and coordination needed to safely operate a car. Some short term effects of alcohol are reduced inhibitions, loss of muscle control, memory loss or blackouts, nausea, vomiting, headaches, hangovers, and stupor (which is acting seriously disoriented and confused). The longer a person abuses alcohol the closer they get to becoming an alcoholic. * Long term effects of alcohol can include: liver cancer, women who drink increase their risk of breast cancer, memory loss, stroke, heart disease, and changes in physical appearance, diabetes, and much more. * Drunken individuals are four times more likely to lose their temper and six times more likely to commit an act of violence. Alcohol is the major cause in thousands of suicides and murders each year. These numbers would go down if we banned alcohol. Yours sincerely Schmyla Siddique ...read more.

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