In 2011 ages 21 to 24 was the highest percentage in drunk drivers in crashes. Ingesting drugs and alcohol use alters the normal function of the brain. Teens everywhere are feeling peer pressure to drink and use drugs. As an eighth grader, I have never been approached about drugs or alcohol, but I have been taught the effects of these and that I need to have a plan so that I am not persuaded to take drugs or alcohol.
My friends and students that I am associated with do not do drugs or drink alcohol, so I have very little experience with drunk and drugged driving. Last year at Maize Middle School, seventh graders were required to take health class. One of the topics was the effects of underage drinking and drugs. I do not know anybody who uses drugs or drinks alcohol that is under the drinking age. In my lifetime I have never felt pressured to take drugs or alcohol, despite this, I cannot guarantee that as I advance into highschool next year.
Effects from using drugs and alcohol vary. Vision is altered, so that there can be blurring, glare, and hallucinations. “Snow lights” are another effect of certain drugs. “Snow lights” are lights flashing or moving in your peripheral field of vision. These “Snow lights” can cause drivers to swerve. People tend to be aggressive or hostile when drugs or alcohol is in their body. Although drugs can increase alertness, driving skills are not improved. The burst of energy can suddenly wear off. Effects also include smelling or hearing things that aren’t there, or difficulty with concentration. Every two minutes someone is injured due to drunk driving. Each day twenty-eight people die from drunk driving crashes. Alcohol and drugs are addictive and it can become difficult to quit. Effects vary on drugs and dosage, but the risks are not worth the effects and potential consequences.
Even though I have never been pressured to take drugs or alcohol, I may when I attend high school. It is always good to have a plan that insures the you will not become a victim of peer pressure. You need to have solid facts. Facts show that you know what you are dealing with and cannot be mislead or deceived. Along with facts, you need to keep a general idea of what to say, so that you do not get caught off guard. Last, have positive influences around you. Friends and family that support you help you make smart and clear choices. Friendship is hard earned and your friends should be good, faithful, caring people. It is important to have a plan to make sure that you don’t become a sitting duck, waiting to become a victim.
Every two in three people will experience a drunk driving car crash, so it is likely for you or me become a fatality or to become injured, and it doesn’t matter what your age is. Knowledge is the best weapon to escape peer pressure and make smart drug free decisions. Your peers should not push you around and make you do what they want, it is your life and your choice. Do not let yourself become a victim, and do not let drunk and drugged driving spread effect you.