Alcoholism Among Adolescents : A Public Health Problem

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Alcoholism amongst adolescents is a major public health problem. The purpose of researching alcoholism amongst adolescents is because alcohol is a drug. The drug of alcoholism is the most common and also the most abused drug amongst adolescents. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) believes that alcoholism amongst adolescents can lead to binge drinking and its on the rise. The CDC states, “ Alcohol use is responsible for more than 4,300 annual deaths among underage youth. Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States. More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinks. On average, underage drinkers consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers (CDC 2014)”. The CDC also notes, “Youth who start drinking before age 15 years are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life than those who begin drinking at or after age 21 years. (CDC 2014)” Understanding the attributable causes of alcoholism drew my attention to researching literature and studies of the causes. The national institute on alcohol abuse and alcoholism informed me on a lot of background information regarding alcoholism and adolescents and its affects. The director, Enoch Gordis, M.D., wrote a commentary that stated information about alcohol as a drug. Gordis stated, “Alcohol, the most widely used and abused drug among youth, causes
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