Teen Drinking


At least eight million American teenagers use alcohol every week, and almost half a million go on a weekly binge (or five drinks in a row). This was proven in a survey don by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This is an alarming number. Of course we know some teens will drink, but statistics show four out of every five teens drink. This shows a serious problem in society. We need schools, families, and the community to help solve this problem.
Teens drink for many reasons. Social pressure is one of the main reasons that teens today use and abuse alcohol. Pressure from their peers can overwhelm them into using alcohol. In today’s society many people are unaware of how important ...

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to get an ‘A’ and they get a ‘B’, things can get pretty tense around the home front. If a kid does not have any way of blowing off steam in a creative way, he or she will likely turn to alcohol to let loose and relieve some tension.
Many of today’s role models drink. I will use the example of the most popular movie of the summer, “I Know What You Did Last Summer." Kids see the high school kids in this movie drinking and having fun. How can you blame them for wanting to drink? Everybody looks up to somebody, and if you are a teen and that somebody drinks chances are you will drink also. Many of our favorite movie stars drink in their films. Jon McClain (Bruce Willis) is an alcoholic in the movie “Die Hard” and many teens idolize his macho status.
Another pressure that adds to the chance of teens drinking is pressure to perform in sports. Many teens feel they have to be on top of their game whatever that game might be. Not everybody can be on top. When a teen loses or does ...

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outbursts and criminal behavior can be linked to his or her mother's alcoholism. This means that if your mother is an alcoholic you need to be very careful. Alcoholism is a disease and can be passed down from generation to generation. Most parents who are alcoholics have children or grandchildren who become alcoholics.
Becoming dependent on alcohol is a scary thing and is not as hard as one might think.

“The development of dependence upon alcohol may occur
over 5 to 25 years, following a relatively consistent
pattern of progression. At first, a tolerance of
alcohol develops. this results in a person being able
to consume a greater quantity of alcohol before its
adverse ...

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