"The Right Choice"

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The Right Choice

George Eliot, a British writer, once said, "Decide on what you think is right, and stick to it." I found that the results of such decisions will reflect the decision made. A time when I made the right decision and stuck to it was when I went to a party ever the summer, and two people offered me a beer, and I declined. I did not regret that choice at all. The next day on the news, a story about a drunk driving bust from the previous night was on. It felt good knowing that I had made such a good, important decision.

Did you know that alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world?

I did not until recently, and I take pride in not using it. Alcohol causes thousands of deaths each year, whether by alcohol poisoning, cirrhosis, or automobile crashes.

By not drinking that night, I prevented all of those horrible incidents from occurring. Also, I know that I could get into serious trouble for possessing such contraband as alcohol. Plus, if my parents ever caught me, it would have irrevocable consequences.

Now that I have said, "No" once, if I ever arrive at a situation like the one I mentioned earlier, I will be experienced and know how to handle it. Also, I hope to get those who are not yet of age who do use and/or abuse alcohol, to stop their harmful habit. By remonstrating my point, I believe I can help to save lives.

Did you know that alcohol use over time could cause severe brain damage? It can reduce brain capacity and its ability to function. Alcohol causes users to use poor judgment, which can lead to several people getting hurt or even dying. And...

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