Teens and Alcohol Essay

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Teens and Alcohol

Everyday teenagers are faced with many decisions. One of the most important of these is whether or not to join in with the trend of teenage drinking. The decision teenagers make can be crucial to their future well being and success in life. Teenage drinking has many causes, namely peer pressure, the attitudes of society, parental influence, and addiction. Changes need to be made in each of these areas for teenagers to be protected from alcohol related problems. Peer pressure strongly influences teenagers to drink. During the teenage years it is generally very important for teenagers to feel they are one of the group and that they fit in and are not different. Teenagers who feel unpopular sometimes drink
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"The most troubling findings of this study reveal the impact of binge drinking on students who do not binge-the "second-hand" binge effects. It is no longer possible to view binge drinking as solely the binger's problem. Non-binging students are paying too steep a price"(180). The following are second-hand effects of binge drinking. Students effected by second-hand effects of binge drinking have reported higher incidences of being insulted or humiliated, having unwanted sexual advances, being hit, pushed or assaulted, having serious arguments, interrupted sleep or study, personal property damage or being sexually assaulted or "date raped" (181). Please see chart below for percentages of these incidences.

"All colleges are unique; each has its own culture and traditions, resources and priorities, and relationship with the local community. But every college with a substantial proportion of binge drinkers must begin with the question 'Can we accomplish our mission and fulfill our students' goals if we tolerate behavior that compromises the quality of students' educational and social lives, as well as their health and safety?'"(181-182). There is a program called "Twelve-Step Program" that provides a model that colleges can adapt to their own needs (182). Following is a list of the twelve points of creating a good "Twelve-Step Program":
1. "Assess the ways on which alcohol is affecting your college.
2. Admit
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