Teenage Alcoholism

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1. According to statistics on alcoholism and alcohol abuse statistics, even though alcohol has been used in a number of diverse ways.
a. Throughout history these ways can be called "useful," however, known thousands of years ago that abusive and excessive drinking led to negative outcomes and adverse alcohol side effects.
b. The symptoms associated with this are mostly societal and personal problems.
2. Research studies have shown that teenage alcoholism is correlated to the age at which teens start drinking and to the amount and the frequency of their drinking.
3. More precisely, the average age when teenagers first try alcohol is 11 years old for boys and 13 years old for girls.
a. The earlier teenagers drink, the more they
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teens who drink alcohol are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than teens who never consume alcohol.
d. Research indicates that adolescents who use alcohol may remember 10 percent less of what they have learned than those who don’t drink.
e. In the U.S., problem drinkers are mostly found in young adults between the ages of 18 and 29
C. Statistics of alcohol and teens
1. Some studies done by NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) have shown the following:
a. Prevalence in 8th graders:
i. 51.7% have tried alcohol ii. 43.1% have had an alcoholic drink in the past year iii. 25.1% have been drunk iv. 15.2% have had 1 or more binge drinking episodes
2). Prevalence in 10th graders:
i. 70.6% have tried alcohol ii. 63.7% have had an alcoholic drink in the past year iii. 48.9% have been drunk iv. 25.6% have had 1 or more binge drinking episodes
v. 1.9% have been daily drinking for at least 1 month at some point in their lives
3). Prevalence in 12th graders:
i. 80% have tried alcohol ii. 73.8% have had an alcoholic drink in the past year iii. 62.3% have been drunk iv. 30.8% binge drank in the past 2 weeks
v. 3.6% use alcohol daily
2. In 2012, nearly three-quarters of students (72 percent) have consumed alcohol a. by the end of high school, and more than a third (37 percent) have done so by eighth grade
3. From these statistics, you can see how widely abused alcohol really is.
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