Essay on The Effects Alcohol Has On Teens

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Nearly 25 percent of teens drink alcohol because they think it is fun; however the problems it may bring are not so fun (Hyde 22). There over six times more teen deaths per year from alcohol than any other drug (O’Malley 30). Alcohol affects the body of teens as well as all of the developmental processes. A major issue of teens drinking is that it increases the chance of becoming an alcoholic in the future; which leads to lowered self-control, impaired judgment, and lowered inhibition (Heath 12). Alcohol can completely change the life of a teen from the time they start drinking till death. Alcohol affects so many aspects of a person’s life and once it does, it is so hard to get life back to normal. Alcohol effects teens by harming them…show more content…
Kowalski, an alcohol specialist says (Heath 45). Alcohol enters into the stomach shortly after the blood causing problems in the digestive system. When large amounts of alcohol are consumed the stomach is hit hard. The digestive system is instantly impaired with a very small amount of alcohol inside. It increases the production of acid; which inflames the stomach lining leading to stomach pain, puking, diarrhea, and sometimes even bleeding in the stomach. It also affects the digestive system which leads to problems with getting sleep and the excretory organ function (Hyde, Margaret, and John 39). Alcohol also has a significant affect on the heart. The heart is the main part of the body that needs to stay healthy and consumption of alcohol can cause irregular heartbeat, strokes, and high blood pressure. Consumption of alcohol causes many future health risks such as; increase risk of cancer, cirrhosis, fibrosis, and alcohol hepatitis (Heath 170). Alcohol can really affect the growing and developmental process for teens. It can stop the brain from developing really hurting them for the future. It can also hinder the maturation of new brain constituents. This means that the connectors between the brain and nerve cells can stop developing and old ones can be torn apart (Spear). This can lead to a change in the brains thinking making teens more inclined to try risky behaviors. Also the prefrontal cortex is altered from drinking. This makes memory and rule
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