Story last updated at 4/23/2014 - 2:55 pm
Did you know that 2.5 million people die each year worldwide due to alcohol related causes? Though alcohol can be fun and can take the edge off, many people die from it each year. These deaths are only one of the many reasons why alcohol should be banned.
Alcohol can cause health problems. Alcohol can cause cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes in moderate drinkers. Heavy drinking, or alcoholism, is a chronic, progressive and fatal disease. Withdrawal symptoms of alcohol for heavy drinkers can include anxiety/jumpiness, depression, irritability, shakiness/trembling, sweating, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, insomnia and headaches.
In extreme cases it can cause hallucinations, confusion, seizure, fever and agitation.
Would you ever want to/have you ever experienced that? We can prevent these health problems by banning alcohol.
Alcohol can also be dangerous in other ways. Alcoholics, when they drink, can't always predict when they'll stop, how much they'll drink or what the consequences of their drinking will be. I've already mentioned that over 2.5 million people die each year worldwide due to alcohol related causes.
Four percent of all deaths are related to alcohol. According to a study, alcohol is more dangerous and causes more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. Heroin and cocaine are illegal; why isn't alcohol?
Alcohol can cause problems in relationships. Whether it be with a brother, a mother, a sister, a cousin, a spouse, a child, a best friend, etc., it can and will cause problems. I have personal experience with this. My dad was an alcoholic. Plain and simple. He hid it well and never did anything too crazy. It was one of the reasons my parents got divorced, I was seven at the time.
I was eight when I started noticing signs of his alcoholism, but since my mom and dad were living in different places, it wasn't a big deal to my mom or myself - until he started bringing it when he babysat us occasionally.
I barely got to see him after that. Then one day, my mom took my middle sister and I out of school randomly; that was when I knew something was really wrong. She told us he had died.
He died because of alcohol (ethanol poisoning). I loved my father, but I barely knew him, and now I won't ever get the chance to know him, and neither will my younger sisters.
Alcoholism is defined as the addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency.
Alcohol does affect those around you. There are over 140 million estimated alcoholics worldwide. Just in the U.S. there are an estimated 130.6 million people who are alcohol drinkers. You can only imagine how many people have been affected by alcohol.
I have thought about all the reasons banning alcohol would be impractical. Alcohol may cause health problems, but it also has health benefits. Alcohol provides protection against heart disease and can help you live longer. It helps reduce stress, and it may be considered something people can do responsibly just for fun.
While all these points can be taken into consideration, there are many ways you can argue against them.
Banning alcohol could be a very good idea. Alcohol can cause health problems, and problems in relationships and can be very dangerous.
I realize that banning alcohol seems illogical and that people have tried it before and it hasn't worked. If I can't ban alcohol, I may as well just say to be responsible when drinking and don't drink underage, don't sell alcohol to underage kids, and that if you have problems with alcohol, please try and get help.
Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of 10 essays that will be running weekly in the Capital City Weekly. Each year for the past 10, students at Floyd Dryden Middle School compose, edit and pick editorial essays for publication in the CCW. Essays are picked by a student editorial board, and the Capital City Weekly is pleased to donate space for these young writers.
The students who served on the editorial board are Andyn Mulgrew-Truitt (Editorial Board Leader), Gabrielle Scales (Editorial Board Leader), Cassie Dzinich, Matthew Edwards, Mason Fowler, Janessa Goodman, Taia Hadfield, Dang Xue Loseby, Luis Medrano, Cierra McCain, Emily Mossberg, Gray Price, Maxie Saceda-Hurt, Abby Schmidt, Anthony Simpson, Colton Tersteeg, Jillian Tracy and Kasey Watts. The Capital City Weekly does not advocate or oppose the opinions expressed here.