Alcoholism: The Dangers And Effects Of Alcoholism

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In today’s society it is common practice to “crack open a cold one” after a long, stressful day, or at a large social gathering. With alcohol’s easy accessibility for purchase and low requirements for obtaining the substance, many Americans have developed a connection to alcohol and its effects. Unfortunately, some have grown too attached to this drink and have developed an addiction known as “alcoholism.” Is it important to recognize alcoholism and its signs to avoid damage to ourselves or a close peer. Alcoholism is a severe form of alcohol intake that disrupts the ability to manage consciousness of drinking. Without even realizing, alcoholism destroys the mind’s reaction to alcohol consumption and results in dependency. With many different…show more content…
The brain does not fully function until the age of 21; as teens down bottles of beer at parties and social gatherings, they are indirectly programming their mind to consume alcohol into adulthood. Near 90% of all alcohol consumption by high school students is through binge drinking (Lohman Raychelle Cassada). Many teenagers will make excuses to partake in drinking such as blaming it on other people in the group or the fact that their parents drink, how it destroys the emotion barrier, and even curiosity. Despite these petty excuses, much of the reasoning behind teen drinking lies within the realms of becoming a risk taker, expectations from others, sensitivity both to the alcohol and emotionally, and personality, hereditary, or environmental factors (Underage Drinking). Family problems, older sibling influence, the desire for popularity, and peer pressure are just some of the social constructs that shift a teen’s mind to accepting an approval for drinking. Teenagers aged 12 to 17, who claimed they drink heavily, were surveyed about their potential drinking habits. The results 77% answered that they had at least one serious problem related to drinking in the past year, 63% established a tolerance to the alcohol and its effects, 20% reported psychological problems, and 12% recorded health problems that adapted as a result to their drinking (Teens' Alcohol Problems). The survey continued to reveal that first use of alcohol begins around the age of 13. 64% of high school students say they have been drunk at least once by their senior year and 33% admit to being drunk in the past month (Teens' Alcohol Problems). Teens today are falsely believing that drinking is acceptable within a large party of friends or familiar faces. However, it is society’s responsibility to bring awareness to the risk and dangers of teen drinking as well as alcoholism as a

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