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.
Alcohol does this by altering the actions of two major neurotransmitters in the brain and slows down the connections that happen within the mind and leads to a loss of cognitive function. In her article “Alcohol can rewire the teenage brain,” author Tara Haelle supports that teenage drinking is a growing concern and accounts for 11 percent of all alcohol consumption in the United States alone. The drinking age of 21 is partly due to state and federal statutes but, also because one’s brain doesn’t stop developing until then. Exposure to alcohol in adolescent years can permanently alter brain chemistry. Drinking during this critical period of development may lead to permanent damage that can linger for the duration of a person’s life.
Many famous people are addicted to drugs, they are public figures, their behavior is widely attention, if they are taking drugs, this can cause a lot of adverse effects. Some people think education and imprisonment does not reduce the use of drugs, so they suggest the legalization of drugs. I don't agree with this view. Now there are many new drugs, the medicinal properties of these drugs may be lower than the previous drug, but still great harm to human body. More teenagers try drugs, for the development of society and human health, so drugs must be banned.
Vaping as an adolescent can lead to health issues in the future. E-cigarette liquid still contains the chemical nicotine. “Nicotine has known damaging effects: It’s addictive, toxic to developing fetuses and can harm brain development in children and young adults up to the age of 20” (Spector). This shows that when students introduce nicotine into their bodies at such a young age they can cause irreversible damage to their bodies that will hold them back from living a completely healthy life. “Propylene glycol, a chemical found in e-liquids, can irritate the eyes and airways...
How does advertisements relate to the underage consumption of alcohol? In “Effects of Alcohol Advertising Exposure on Drinking Among Youth”, Leslie Snyder writes about the danger of alcohol advertising and how it affects teens who are exposed to it. To get the claim across, Snyder uses ethics, emotion, and reason to argue against some alcohol advertisements’ methods. To prove the hypothesis that advertisements affects youth drinking, Snyder makes telephone surveys and incorporates the data into the article. Snyder uses the percentages of the average alcohol consumption of a certain age contrasting to the amount of time to support her claim.
But some of them cannot control their cravings and desires and end up using the substance oftenly. This is basically considered substance abuse. The statistics of teen substance abuse are shocking: Teenage Drug Addiction: About 1.1 million teens who are 12 – 17 years old are addicted to drugs of some or the other nature, and require drug rehab. Teenage Alcoholism: More than 1 million teens from the ages of 12 – 17 years old are considered to be alcohol dependent and require alcohol addiction treatment. -How peer pressure starts: Many youngsters initially experiment with drugs or alcohol because of peer pressure that hovers over them.
Parents should always be able to prepare their teens for the worst no matter how uncomfortable the situation might be. While parents are more worried of keeping their health private, I think teens would like to have those rights too when it comes to something personal like deciding about their sexual life. Medical health Centers should allow young teens to make their own decision when it comes to their personal sexual life and non-threating issues. Allowing young teens to decide for themselves not only creates them to be responsible for their actions but also to boost of confidence when talking to a doctor. Some teens don’t always tell the doctor everything because they know the moment they tell something their parents will know.
Drug abuse can rewire brain connections, decrease synapse activity and cause addiction. The American Psychiatric Association says that addiction is a complex condition, and a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequence. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014. Addiction to drugs has been a growing issue in America, and is causing jails to become overcrowded. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found that more than half of federal prisoners were incarcerated for drug crimes in 2010.
My topic will be about teenagers who abuse drugs in society. More and more teenagers are becoming drug addicts in the community and this leads to most of these teenagers dropping out of school to feed their habit of taking drugs by committing crime. Drug abuse is the excessive use of a substance especially a drug or alcohol. This excessive use of drugs leads learners to becoming dependent on the drug and they end up not being able to function without using the drug, because of this drug abuse learner’s end up doing illegal things like crime so that they can feed their habit. Worldviews have a strong impact on how young teenagers perceive what is right and wrong: teenagers who have religious worldviews/ backgrounds are mostly influenced by lying integrity, morality, and values in this way these teenagers are less likely to go into drug abuse, but the teenagers who have non-religious worldviews are more likely to fall into drug abuse because they have no faith rules or norms to abide by.
First is that underage drinking could lead to someone else’s death because some teenagers nowadays are most likely to put themselves into danger. On the survey we conducted 70% said that they tend to experience side effects from drinking. Some of these side effects may include nausea or vomiting and headache, that causes them to lose their discipline in terms of interacting with people, and also it affects the way they think. An example would be making the decision opposite of what should be done right without even having any idea of what they are doing, acting as if they are
However, according to Montonen’s Alcohol and the Media, the media believes they are using alcohol topics as a way to teach audiences of the issues at hand (Winett 1997: 358). Montonen disagrees because “‘it creates an illusion that something is being done to address a societal problem’” (Winnett 1997:358); but in reality, the constant exposure is simply making the societal problems worse. The hypodermic needle model, also known as the magic bullet, is known for directly infusing messages to audiences and those messages then are directly accepted due to audience passiveness. The constant viewing of alcohol consumption does not mean audiences are learning from the media, however they begin to believe it is
Drinking in excess cause cause problems for the drinker and the people around them. According to the NIAAA, " Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives of students on campuses across the United States." The person who drinks in excess soon loses their focus and their grades will start to suffer. Not only does the active drinker 's grades drop, but soon they will start to lose friends and become more isolated. Studies have shown that binge drinking is used as a coping mechanism, stress reducer and/ or depression reliever.
This change usually results in relentless and uncontrollable drug use. The addict has now lost all self-control and will power. Their ability to make a good decision gone. Losing this much self-control is a direct result of the biological changes in the
Instead of thinking the worse about teens. Have an open mind when a teen is doing something because it could be for the better. Not all teens have the intention to do something bad. Along with that, if you don’t have the full context wait until you make an assumption about the person. According to the article, “ Negative Stereotypes Hurting Teens Job prospects,” Birdwell said, “Teenagers are motivated to make a difference in their community, but the approach they take is radically different to previous generations.” People need to notice these differences and think about the good possibilities.
A school can have a perfect policy, but if they neglect to enforce it, the policy becomes useless. Ultimately, this is Carleton’s biggest problem. If the administration at Carleton were to seriously consider how to decrease alcohol consumption they would not have to adjust much in their policy. While the administration has put in place many useful policies with the purpose of keeping students safe, they fail to adequately enforce them. Thus, they are leaving students vulnerable to the dangers of drinking when the school could easily protect them.