Alcohol Abuse And Alcohol Consumption

2418 Words Dec 1st, 2016 10 Pages
It’s no surprise that people like to drink. Alcohol has been a source of pleasure and entertainment from the dawn of time dating back to Greece in 2700 BC, but in the modern age alcohol consumption has taken on a new form of binge drinking or consuming as much alcohol as possible in minimal time. This practice taking shape mostly in the United States has become a large concern for parents and law enforcement due to its clear and potentially dangerous outcomes. Teens now drink to get drunk rather than enjoying the social interactions of having a beverage. This is where the US trails off from other accompanying nations in how people and more specifically teens perceive drinking from such a young age leading to a clear divide between the US and the rest of the world. In a study done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, teens ages 12-20 are responsible for 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States however, they reported that they consumed 90% of their alcohol by binge drinking. This compares to many European nations which till recently didn’t even have a term to describe binge drinking because the concept was so foreign to them. This presents one question, why? Why do the 41,731,233 teenagers in our nation grow up thinking that the only way to drink a beer is by chugging it though a funnel while hiding from parents. Why have we deviated so far from the path of social norms that for once the US is an outlier. Throughout my research I have…
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