Alcohol Consumption By Underage Drinkers

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During adolescence, we begin to face many changes physically, emotionally, and mentally. Many adolescents begin to experience and experiment with different substances at this stage. Drinking is seen as part of risk taking and sometimes even societal acceptance from peers. The media, and influence from family and peers can make alcohol seem attractive, relaxing, and fun when in reality the negative consequences that entail are much deeper than what’s displayed on the surface. This paper will discuss in depth the issue of alcohol and the impact it has on adolescents. Alcohol consumption by underage drinkers has and will continue to be a problem within our society. Adolescents view alcohol as a way of risk taking deviant behavior in order to rebel against parents and even society’s restrictions of what they consider to be adulthood. The following will describe the problem alcohol presents in adolescent’s lives. “Alcohol is a dependence-producing drug through its reinforcing properties and neuro-adaptation in the brain. It is an immunosuppressant, increasing the risk of communicable diseases” (Saunders and Rey 2011). “Alcohol use among American adolescents represents a significant public health problem. Teen drinking is associated with a range of health and social problems, including poor school performance, crime, and injury and death due to automobile and other accidents” (Treiman and Beck 1996). “For young people, alcohol is a potent symbol both of socialization into adult
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