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Alcohol Essay, Research Paper Sketch Draft Topic: Alcohol Narrowed Topic: The laws and regulations of alcohol Major Questions: Why is alcohol such an issue? How has alcohol affected people? Why was there prohibition? What does alcohol do to inhibitions? Thesis: Alcohol is used all over the world, but not many people can contain themselves while under the influence of it. Topic Sentence 1: Drunk driving is one of the major killers among teens today. Support: a. Harris 164 b. Harris 165 c. Holland d. Davis Topic Sentence 2: Under age drinking is becoming more and more of a problem, especially in colleges. Support: a. Evans 97 b. Evans 103 c. Evans 104 d. Whitman 42 e. Hayes Topic Sentence 3: Prohibition was a result of the belief that alcohol and drunkenness weakened the

American family. Support: a. L.A. Times A8 b. Andrews A1 c. Horner d. Bryant 43 The Real Deal With Alcohol One night a girl named Carolyn Hayes was going to stay the night at a friend s house. She went over to Katherine Satoni s house around 8pm and told her parents that she would be home around 11 am the following day. That night, around 8:30 pm, the two girls went to a party at Katherine s boyfriends house. Everything seemed to be going good and everyone was having a good time drinking and hanging out. Around 2am, Katherine, Carolyn, and two guys were drunk, but still decided it would be all right to drive to the store to get some cigarettes. The legal limit for the blood alcohol level of a person over the age of 21 in California is .01. Katherine s boyfriend, Chris, who was

driving had a BAC of .09. After getting the cigarettes, the four teens starting driving to Katherine s house. But they never made it there. Chris ran a red light and his Pontiac Sunfire was hit by a semi truck going about 60 mph. Katherine and Carolyn were thrown around the back seat because they weren t wearing seatbelts. Katherine is paralyzed from the neck down. Chris lived and had broken his arms. Carolyn, my cousin and the other boy Todd were on the passenger side where the truck hit and the two were killed instantly. This was three years ago and my family, as well as the others learned about the fatal decision to drink and drive first hand. Carolyn would have been 20 in October, but because of irresponsible behavior, she didn t live to see it. This is just one of many

stories that have been told over the years. There are many accidents that are alcohol-related, and not all of them involve an automobile, but they all include poor judgment. Alcohol has been consumed all over the world for centuries, but some people still can not contain themselves while under the influence. This ends up being tragic and everyone suffers. Drunk driving and under age drinking are major problems and the only law against it was decades ago with the Prohibition laws. Today there are many groups that retaliate against misuses of alcohol, but tighter enforcement may help too. Drunk driving is one of the major killers among teens today. According to Jonathan Harris, nearly one-third of alcohol related traffic deaths are caused by problem drinkers and alcoholics and

alcohol is involved in half of all fatal crashes (164). It is sad when you realize that so many people can be so blind. It is also hard to imagine that 23,623 people died in alcohol related crashes in 1987 (Harris 165) and it is still climbing every year. It appears that one death in an alcohol related crash takes place every twenty-two minutes (Holland, internet). According to Dr. Arlene Davis, alcohol-related accidents kill 11,000 youths aged sixteen to twenty-four each year and that this age group is the only one in the United States whose life expectancy is declining (internet). I can t see that that people are dying in the prime of their lives because they re irresponsible enough to trade their lives for one night of drinking. Alcohol is a depressant and makes you feel worse