Although there are many ways to attempt to treat alcoholism, we find few solutions to be effective (Underage Drinking, 2012). Alcoholism is defined as a disorder characterized by the excessive consumption of and dependence on alcoholic beverages, leading to physical and psychological harm and impaired social and vocational functioning. Alcohol is a huge problem in high school and in college. Twenty-one may be the legal drinking age, but some how minors find a way to get a hold of alcohol. People as young as fifteen are able to get their hands on an alcoholic beverage.
Is Underage Drinking a Big Issue in the United States? Teenagers rarely think before they do many things. Many times teenagers go to big blowouts or little get together with their friends. Their first thought is not about death, their grades, or alcoholism; their main purpose is to get drunk fast and sober up before going home by their set curfews. Each year most teen deaths have been caused from underage drinking in the United States, which is a big topic that the government is trying to prevent from happening.
Finally, my last 2 questions involve drinking and driving as well as receiving an underage. As everybody knows, drinking and driving... ... middle of paper ... ...nses as well as the responses to my interview, I?ve decided that there are 2 main reasons why students develop dependence towards alcohol. The first and probably most important reason is that people start drinking extremely too early in their lives. As stated previously from the interview, the average person starts drinking at age 13. If a person starts drinking at age 13 then they most likely will revert to alcohol to help solve their problems.
Looking at the surveys I took at Lincoln on this topic it can been seen what teens think about teenage drinking. The results were shocking! The first Question I asked was "Have you ever drank alcohol?" Of the students surveyed, 16% said no and 84% said yes. The second question was, "How often do you drink?"
(Dolmetsch, pp. 88, 115) Alcoholism among teenagers in the United States is becoming more widespread than ever before. Current statistics present an unpleasant picture of teenage alcohol use rising every year. Alcohol use leads to teens having problems with school, family, or even with authorities. They may drink to escape these problems, or even to fit in with their friends.
Young binge drinkers frequently relate to an environment that surrounded by those who appear to support heavy drinking. Aside from that, advertising on television and large billboards of alcohol around the community seems to draw young people’s attention more often. Dr Gro Brundtland, General director of WHO(2001) claimed that adolescents currently have become an important target for marketing of alcoholic product. Since Alcohol seems to be commonly involved in every family celebration in New Zealand therefore young teenagers will consider drinking as a normal part of life while growing up. Recent statistics on peer pressure showed 55% of adolescents tried out alcohol for the first time because they felt pressured by their friends and less than a quarter getting hold of their own drink.
According to associate professor Deborah Deas and assistant professor Suzanne Thomas from the Medical University of South Carolina, more senior high school students use alcohol than any other drug. Once a teenager gets completely smashed they are likely to do it again. Why? Well they will tell you that it’s fun, unless of course they had a really bad experience while drunk. The teens that do have fun will most likely continue drinking.
The prohibition began in the 1720’s which stopped the manufacturing and distribution of all alcoholic beverages in the United States. This was known as the prohibition era and it wa... ... middle of paper ... ...hey pick up things such as drinking, smoking, stealing, and/or speaking (Haskins 36). Teenage alcoholism is a trending issue because more teens are drinking intoxicating liquor as a casual party drink because of it being a social custom and everyone becoming adjusted to gatherings that contain alcoholic beverages, they continue to drink alcohol. Since alcohol has become accepted amongst teenagers, they are in risk of becoming alcoholics because they may form a dependency from drinking too much. However, in the topic of teenagers, alcoholism is more common amongst college students because most of the student population usually drinks when they get to a university.
By the time they are high school seniors, more than 80 percent have used alcohol and approximately 64 percent have been drunk. When adolescents move on to college, they bring their drinking habits with them: more than 40 percent of college students are binge drinkers. In 1998, 10.4 million current drinkers were under legal age (age 12-20). Of these, 5.1 million were binge drinkers, including 2.3 million heavy drinkers. Some teens, especially on college campuses, find drinking to be just something fun and acceptable to do with their friends, and spend weekend nights at parties where binge drinking is the norm.
In order to help solve this problem of underage drinking we must first try to understand why teens drink alcohol. There are many reasons why a young teen may choose to drink alcohol. A national survey, taken in 1995, showed that 87 percent of parents thought that teens drank because of peer pressure, but 79 percent of teenagers said it was just because they liked the feeling they got when they drank (27). The main reason and the biggest reason why teens drink would probably have to be peer pressure, but there are many other reasons other than peer pressure why a teen might drink. “In addition to peer influences, some experts believe that media depiction of alcohol use in print advertising, television and radio commercials, and fictional television programs such as sitcoms and dramatic series glamorizes alcohol to young people and can influence their decision to drink (Mitchell 28).