This I Believe

Jessica - North Bend, Washington
Entered on February 13, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: addiction

My Grandpa Jim, who is dead now, drank a lot of alcohol. He died, when I was 2 years old, of liver disease. My mom tells me stories of how he was so nice and funny and then he went to go drink at a bar and when he came back he was mean. My uncle has also decided to drink. He now is going down the same path that my grandpa went down. This is why I believe people should treat there bodies well.

Alcohol causes around 21,000 deaths per year. It is so addicting to the point that you can’t even walk a straight line. Many teenagers die from drinking and driving accidents. It isn’t just teenagers though it is sometimes adults. It is really sad to loose someone. I would know. It is the worst feeling when you know that your loved one died from alcohol. It makes you feel like you could have done something to stop it from happening. It is one of the worst things you can die from besides drugs.

You or someone else could get hurt from the use of alcohol. You may do stupid things like start dancing on the bar table and then fall off and break something or you could be dancing and fall onto someone else. What ever the reason it is still dangerous. Sure it would be kind of fun to watch your friend do stupid things but when things like this happen your not just putting your life in danger but your putting someone else’s to.

Alcohol abuse is one of the number one reasons for shortening a person’s life. It can do serious damage to your organs such as your liver. Drinking all of those toxins just destroys your liver. Also, the next when you are puking you will regret ever drinking and won’t remember anything that happened. Alcohol does cause memory lose. I hope you never want to get involved, drink a lot, and do stupid things.

There fore it would be a wonderful day. A beautiful, magical, and amazing day if everyone would stop drinking. There would be no drunk driving accidents, no people getting hurt, and no more people falling off tables because of alcohol. I wish for you to try to stop or never start. It is a big dream though so I am starting small and then going to change the world one little step at a time.