Teenage Alcohol Abuse

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Gateway Technical College

Teenage Alcohol Abuse/Addiction

Dennis Markus, MSW, LCSW, C-SAC

Tracy L. Murray (Rego) MSW, LCSW, CTS
11 November 2009

The dangers of teenage alcohol abuse are underestimated in our country due to the social acceptability of the drug alcohol. The social acceptability of alcohol itself is seen by the frequency it is categorized separately from other drugs and substances when we talk about use and abuse. Alcohol is a drug but our nation and the media do not want to call it one or treat it like one. Alcohol is a legal drug abused by many teenagers and this paper will address some of the issues today’s teenagers face when dealing with
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Parents may think as long as their children are drinking beer instead of doing drug’s its okay. People in America do not want to wake up to the fact that alcohol is a drug and it does kill our youth. Youth need to be educated on the affects alcohol can have on their bodies, and parents and communities need to play a role in their education. Contrary to popular belief, youth do drink alone just like some adults do. They drink to change their mood, alleviate boredom, and to handle stress. Many youth will drink anything as they don’t realize the difference in alcohol content between hard liquor, beer, or wine (Novello, 1997). Even if teenagers attempt to read the labels on alcoholic beverages, they may be confused due to obscure labeling. High school students drink 35% of all the wine coolers consumed in the United States and they believe beer has a higher alcohol content than wine coolers. According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in the past year, 32.9 percent of the youths surveyed from age 12 to 17 had used alcohol. According to the 2005 NSDUH survey, 74.3 percent of high school students nationwide had already consumed one or more drinks in their lifetime. Many teenagers and children get their information about alcohol from friends and the media. With these sources they do not have sufficient information to advise them of the dangers of alcohol consumption (Pringle,
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