Alcohol Use Among Adolescents Essay

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This lecture deals with alcohol use (and abuse) among adolescents. Alcohol is an extremely important issue for teenagers. There have been many moments in my life during which I have been offered some form of alcohol, but turned it down. In order to avoid being exposed to alcohol and drunken (intoxicated) people, I do not attend parties- I doubt I will even after I turn twenty-one years old. Unfortunately, not too many underage people that I know abide by these rules, and I strongly doubt a high percentage of teenagers do . The lecture would tell of the many negative effects of alcohol, particularly on adolescents. I would also talk about the many misconceptions about the “positive” effects of alcohol, how alcohol is glamorized in the…show more content…
Almost 40% of underage girls in a recent study reported having an alcoholic beverage, and “older age, poorer academic performance, greater levels of depression, higher perceived peer alcohol use, and higher levels of maternal drinking were observed in the group of girls who ever drank and drank recently” (Fang, Schinke, & Cole, 2009, p. 710). Not surprisingly, the same study also found that girls who were less depressed and happier with their appearance were less likely to drink. In addition, boys who drink lose some of their attention spans, and girls lose some of their visuospatial functioning (Squeglia, Spadoni, Infante, Myers, & Tapert, 2009). Binge drinking among adolescents (also commonly called risky single-occasion drinking and heavy episodic drinking- that is, having at least five drinks during one occasion) has been shown to be associated with a variety of adverse consequences, such as low life satisfaction, depressive mood, poor academic performance, accidents and injuries, bullying and fights, and unprotected sexual intercourse. For this reason, there have been multiple prevention programs that are homogenously geared towards everybody, and thus loses individuality (Kuntsche, Knibbe, Engels, & Gmel, 2010). However, these prevention programs have proven somewhat effective in the United States- adolescent students in the state of Washington are less than half as likely to drink as those in Victoria, Australia (Toumbourou, Hemphill, McMorris, Catalano, &
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