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A Persuasive Speech Against Underage Drinking

A persuasive speech against underage drinking

I. Introduction:

A. Attention Getter: By a show of hands, how many people in this classroom are under the age
of 21? As you look around the classroom, you will see that many of you are under this age. Now
think to yourself, even though you are under the age of 21, does it mean that no one in this
classroom has ever tried alcohol? According to Prof. Rosenberg from the Psychological Bulletin
1993, alcohol is the most serious problem facing teenagers.

B. Link to Audience: We are all students at college and most likely gone to one party with

C. Speaker Credibility: Being a college student and under the age of 21, I have researched this
topic of underage drinking because I thought this issue would be extremely beneficial to all of
us since we are in college & will most likely be going through experiences involving alcohol.

D. Thesis Sentence: Today I'm here to convince you to think twice about picking up that next
bottle of alcohol.

E. Preview of Speech: First, I will to talk about why teenagers should not have alcohol. Next, I'll
discuss why teens are not responsible enough to drink and lastly I'll explain how alcohol is not
good for your health.

Transition: Let's begin by talking about why teenagers should not have alcohol.

I. Main Point #1

A. Underage drinking is illegal in all 50 states.

1. The tolerance that police have to a teenager drinking and driving is absolutely zero.

2. Most parents who find out that their child has been drinking are not pleased with it.

3. Underage drinking is a crime. It is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable with a maximum
sentence of 6 months incapacitation and a $1000.00 fine.

B. Not only is underage drinking against the law, but it is endangering the person's life, as well
as others, especially on college campuses.

1. As you can see on this survey from the George Mason Univ. & West Chester Univ. in 1997,
alcohol was involved in more than two-thirds of all the campus incidents last year that occurred
in residence halls. This survey involved 330 colleges & univ. throughout the country.

2. From the PSU Police Safety Services, the actual offenses of liquor in 2000 were 125 people
and 169 people that were arrested due to liquor.

Transition: Now that I have explained why teens should not have alcohol, I will explain to all of
you why teens are not responsible enough to drink.

II. Main Point #2

A. Teenagers are not responsible enough to drink.

1. When people drink they use poor judgment, and when underage people drink it is even

a. So the more you drink, the more judgment you lose.

1. For example, according to Prof. Rosenberg from the Psychological Bulletin in 1993, 90% of all
campus rapes involving drinking are 68% of manslaughter convictions and 63% of assaults that
involve alcohol.

B. Hypothetical Story

1. Imagine this situation of your best friend driving home from your house one night. And on
the way home, your friend meets some person who decided to drink too much and your friend
and the other driver crash head on. The underage drunk driver survives, while your best friend
is killed. So what happened to the drunk driver's judgment? It is in his 15 empty beer cans at
the party.

a. Officer Dean Wilson, executive director of the National Organizations, has calculated that
every 15 minutes someone in the U.S. dies as the result of an alcohol related traffic collision.

Transition: Now that I have explained why teenagers are not responsible to drink because of
lack of judgment, I will explain how alcohol is harmful to your health.

III. Main Point #3

A. Alcohol is harmful to your health.

1. Anyone who drinks has the chance of seriously hurting his or her body. This can happen in
several ways.

a. Alcohol is a drug that can cause:

1. liver damage, cancer, heart damage or even death.

2. women who consumer alcohol during pregnancy are at risk to deliver a child with fetal
alcohol syndrome.

3. looks/appearance

a.people who drink on a regular basis tend to look older faster. So just think to yourself,
drinking alcohol may seem good when you are 18 and want to look 21, but what happens when
you turn 30 and look like your 50. How good is it then?

2. As John Carvel, the spokesperson for the charity Alcohol Concern said: "Alcohol reinforces
our belief that there needs to be much more emphasis on education and prevention in terms of
making people more aware of the dangers of alcohol misuse. Young bodies are just not made
for drinking alcohol."

Transition: Now that I have went over all the facts, let's go back over what we've learned today.

IV. Conclusion

A. Restate thesis: Today I've explained to you why drinking underage is harmful to teenagers.

B. Restate main points: First we talked about why teenagers should not have alcohol, then we
discussed why teenagers are not responsible enough to drink, and finally we discussed how
alcohol is harmful to your health.

C. Call-to-Action: I encourage you to learn all that you can about underage drinking and think
about what I have said to you today. I also urge you to educate others about the effects of

D. Clincher: Now I will end this speech with a question that I would like for all of you to think
about, Is being accepted into a group, loosening up in an uncomfortable setting, and escaping
the pressures of everyday life worth the risks and consequences that are in effect after the first,
sip, funnel, or bottle of alcohol? Is it really worth it?