Teen Alcoholism In The United States

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Teen alcoholism is a big problem in the United States and has not been resolved or at least no actions have been made to improve the situation, every year the numbers are still increasing and is getting worse. The rate of teen alcoholism increases every year. Therefore the United States government needs to establish more educational classes, alcohol abuse programs and set up more counseling for teenagers. At an early age many teenagers start the abuse of alcohol, and end up becoming addicted which then turns them into alcoholics. “Research also shows that many adolescents start to drink at very young ages. In 2003, the average age of first use of alcohol was about 14” (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism). As the years go by…show more content…
Alcohol can damage a teenagers health, brain and many other parts of the body as the years go by. “A 2002 article in the journal of studies on alcohol reported that alcohol may interfere with brain development in adolescents, resulting in mild mental impairment. Alcohol-induced changes in the structure or size of the hippocampus (a key part of the brain) may cause lifelong mental problems” (Youngerman, Barry). Another affect teenagers fail to realize is alcohol can be addicting. “When people ask what you hope to be when you grow up, no one will answer “an alcoholic”. But every year, teenagers who thought they could handle a few drinks fall into the trap” (Youngerman, Barry). Many people say they love how alcohol puts them in a daze, a carefree mindset. No one thinks a one time thing can end up becoming a lifestyle or how they function…show more content…
Rather than taking their problems out with professionals who can help them, they feel alcohol is their only solution. One major problem with teeangers that are common is peer pressure. “The next most important problem cited by only 17% of the teens was peer pressure/fitting in/looks/popularity” (Alters, Sandra M). When it comes to peer pressure teens are easily influenced by another friend. They feel as though if they say no they won't be accepted. Teenagers don't see being themselves as an option. Instead of getting help for that person who is influencing them to drink they would rather participate. When a teenager speaks up about someone who's abusing alcohol they are saving a
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