Drugs such as alcohol have an effect on all users, regardless of their age; however, alcohol has an especially harmful effect on teens since their bodies are still developing. Studies have shown that alcohol has numerous negative effects on a teen’s body and mental health; for example, a study conducted by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention stated that “alcohol consumption affects the brain’s frontal lobes, which is essential for functions such as emotional regulations, planning, and organization” (“Age”). Teens already have high emotions and difficulties planning and organizing; alcohol will only enhance teens’ struggle. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention also found that alcohol consumption at a young age can potentially cause chronic problems such as memory loss, depression, suicidal thoughts, and poor decision making (“Age”). Teens have a difficult enough time making decisions and organizing their lives, but adding alcohol to the mix will only make matters worse; their bodies are still developing, and they are still learning to be adults.
Teens and drinking have been an issue for some time and it continues to persist, attracting many young individuals. Whether it’s the pleasure or the ability to forget problems drinking as a teen has become a problem in society with many alcohol related issues. However, that sensation of being able to forget problems soon enters a cycle of many other issues such as consequences to the physical development and to the body itself, which is not able to handle the alcohol properly. In addition, soon the early admission of the depressant becomes and an addictive factor which can lead to alcoholism since the body constantly craves the substance. Teens and drinking has continued to progress over the years and the depressant has consumed many lives.
It is easy for teens to come up with a reason as to why they began drinking because they have been asked so many times. Escobedo, Cherba, and Waweiler states, “Established patterns of alcohol use may play a major role in decision making that proceeds to drinking and driving among adolescents” (976). Therefore, drinking should not be for everyone if you don’t know the full consequences and don’t know how to maintain your liquor. Here are three main reasons why teens do alcohol or any other drug for that matter. Cristol states, “teens blame their parents for half of their reason for drinking, 29 % blame their peer group, 2.5 % blame the media, and 2% blame the alcohol industry”(15).
Alcohol, especially when consumed by younger individuals, is harmful to one’s body, including possible liver damage, and even brain damage. In most cases, individuals, like young adults, are peer pressured into drinking, or in some cases, grew up around alcohol. The real question is:
By the time they are high school seniors, seventy-two percent teenagers say they have already consumed alcohol. Proper education at younger ages is needed for our country’s youth to learn the proper use of alcohol through experimentation with their own limits in safe environments.
The demographic, academic and economical factors frame this model to present relevant concerns the United States Department of Health & Human Services has regarding excessive drinking. This model represent (but not limited to) the HHS focus of study among excessive drinking in adolescents between the ages of 12-20 who have reported drinking in the past month. Race Ethnicity - The fastest growing ethnic groups regarding excessive alcohol consumption in U.S is Whites and Asian American, respectfully. African Americans and Latinos have the lowest rate of monthly and heavy drinking. Among gender in adolescence men are more likely to drink than women and consume more alcohol overall.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism seems like an issue that keeps getting increasingly worse each year in the United States. According to USA Today and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both say that approximately 6 people die from alcohol poisoning, caused from binge drinking, each day, which amounts to roughly 2,200 people each year. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says that “In 2013 an estimated 697,000 adolescents ages 12–17 (2.8 percent of this age group) had an [alcohol use disorder]” (“Alcohol Facts”). Something has to stop and something has to change from preventing this more because 6 people dying each day from binge drinking alone is a lot, not to mention that 12-17 year olds are having alcohol problems at such a young age. Lowering the drinking age will enforce this act even more, promoting more drinking in fact.
So they continously do the activity until such time that they realize that it has become an addiction without realizing that it is detrimental in their health. The misuse of alcohol does not only affect the concerned teenager but it also breaks relationship as wekk as the society in general in terms of violence and crime, accidents and drink-driving. To explore more on this issue, a studys conducted in Harvard School of Public Healthshows that students who are engaged in alcohol drinking activities tend to be are displaying negative behaviors and therefore reveiving sanctions by the authorities (Wechsler et al.
Introduction This paper will discuss the ensuing difficulties regarding teenage non-medical prescription drug use and the possible alternatives to reduce abuse in the youth population. Discussion There is an imperative need for parents to understand the physical and emotional problems their teens may be facing and get them the help they need to adequately and appropriately address the varying issues. Furthermore, most adults think of teen drug use as an outward expression of adolescent rebellion; a means to party and experiment.
One major thing is Alcohol poisoning from a hard night of drinking can cause you to overdose on alcohol and basically die.. Binge drinkers are one of the majorities that are affected from alcohol poisoning. Binge drinkers take in an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time and then maybe wait for a month and do it again in one night. Excessive drinking from teens can suffer from blackouts and cause them to forget things very easily. Teens that do regularly drink hardcore are shown to have bad testing scores in school and perform bad in school in general.
Drinking is harmful at any age, and especially to the developing brain of a teenager. Alcohol is a poison that we use for recreation. Drinking it can lead to many physical and mental issues for anyone. It can seriously endanger relationships as well. Alcohol consumption
Drug Abuse Causes and Effects on Teenagers Drug abuse is one of the top issues defying the country today particularly among the teenagers. Occurrences of drug and alcohol abuse and related anti-social behavior have massively expanded lately. This has become a matter of concern to the government, parents and teachers. Teens regularly try different things with an assortment of activities and substances. Unfortunately, this experimentation can prompt substance misuse and addiction.
(Binge drinking can be harmful to U.S. college students in many ways. For instance, it can be harmful physically, by causing health problems.) The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention states that some of the short-term health risks caused by binge drinking are injuries, alcohol poisoning, car accidents, and many more. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism “599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.” However, these are just some of the short-term consequences of binge drinking. In addition, the NIAAA states that drinking too much over a long period of time, or just drinking a lot in one night may have severe effects on your body. Many
College Students’ Exposure to Alcohol Drinking Drinking alcoholic beverages among college students is widely common nowadays in this generation. Several reasons can be recognized why students drink alcohol. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc, (2016), improving self-confidence, altering own identity (to adapt), curiosity, lack of parental advice, problems of daily living, running away from family dilemma, experiencing academic difficulty and other mental-related problems drive the teenagers to drink alcohol. Considering the reasons stated above, these can be some of the many ways how young people manage with their personal, emotional and social problems that they are experiencing.
According to Timothy Wilens MD, there is “data indicating that 1 in 10 adolescents has a SUD [substance use disorder] . . . Roughly 80% experienced onset before age 25 years” (Wilens). With this large number of teens abusing drugs, the question of what the effects and consequences of drug abuse as a teen are becomes relevant. Specifically, identifying what the effects and consequences of teen drug abuse are through a scientific lense is important because drugs affect the body, brain, and its chemical balances.