As we know it's a broad topic therefore I'll look at the role that alcohol plays in the society and its impact on teenage addiction. The teen years are a rough time in life in the normal way of human development. If the problem of constant drinking is added to this, there are very serious dangers and pitfalls ahead for these teenagers. Often, they will develop psychiatric problems such as depression, anxiety, or an antisocial personality that goes much further than the usual period of rebellious behavior that most teenagers go through. Uncontrollable anger can be another result of an addiction to alcohol and there are many instances where teenagers create crimes.
Also it will affect mood, change system of values and lead to depression. As a result, teenagers who use drugs have a risk for suicide. Nowadays, they abuse both legal and illegal drugs. Also drug accessibility is one of the causes of adolescent abuse. The majority of teenagers aged 12-17 get it easily from friends or relatives.
Greed, according to an electronic source, is another reason for drug abuse among teens, as they get others hooked and sell to them to pay for their own habit. (Guillermo D. Jalil) Peer pressure is probably the main reason most teens abuse illegal drugs. During puberty, many teens suffer with depression. Depression is when a teen is not happy with themselves for real or imagined reasons. They may be suffering from low self-esteem or torment by others, leading to not being happy with their appearance or other physical features.
Parents usually say "oh, my my kid would never do that ", and they're the ones whose kids probably drink more that the average teen. One might ask, how do kids get alcohol? Alcohol is almost as easy to get as a carton of milk, except a teen has to get someone older like a friend, brother or even someone off of the street to purchase it. Another way underage teens get alcohol is a fake I.D. A lot of stores don't care, they just need to ask for an I.D.
Curiosity to appear more grown up may be the reason why most adolescents take their first drink of an alcoholic beverage. The ability to seen more grown up can intensify drinking at a younger age. Consequently, as alcohol is seen as the “Forbidden Fruit,” it encourages the want to drink for people under the age of twenty-one. The use of alcohol by adolescents is widely viewed as disobedience in American society. Although, alcohol use is technically illegal until the age of twenty-one (in 19 states the consumption of alcohol in not specifically illegal for people under the age of twenty-one), there is still an excessive use of dinking in teenagers today.
High-school students who said they currently were using marijuana rose to 21 percent in 2009 from 20 percent in 2007 and those misusing prescription drugs rose to 4 percent in 2009 from 3.5 percent a year earlier." ("Teen Substance Abuse "). Teenage drug abuse has been and still is a problem for not just the united states but the rest of the world. Teenagers that abuse drugs and alcohol on a regular or daily basis are not only endangering their lives today but other peoples in the future. Those Parents whose children have done alcohol or drugs are more expected to believe they cannot control their child’s life.
Unfortunately, not too many underage people that I know abide by these rules, and I strongly doubt a high percentage of teenagers do . The lecture would tell of the many negative effects of alcohol, particularly on adolescents. I would also talk about the many misconceptions about the “positive” effects of alcohol, how alcohol is glamorized in the media, and why said glamorization is bad. It would consist of a series of skits that dramatize various issues such as driving under intoxication, being forced to drink, and the poor choices one makes when intoxicated. There would also be a questionnaire asking the age of the students, if they have had an alcoholic beverage, and similar questions.
(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.
Social disorganization deals with drug abuse to poverty and disorganized urban environment. Drug use by youth minority group members has been tied to factors such as racial prejudice, low-esteem, social status, and stress produced from environment. The National Youth Survey found that drug use tends to be higher among urban youths. Peer pressure is the most well-known reason for teens to partake in substance abuse. Some may argue that teen drug abuse is highly correlated with the behavior of close friends especially when family supervision is weak.
A fourth and final myth that teens foolishly believe is that everyone around them is drinking and they need to drink to fit in. The fact of the matter is that if they really wanted to fit in, they would abstain from alcohol use entirely. It has been shown in research studies that more than 70 percent of youth aged 12 to 20 had not had a drink in the past month (“Underage Drinking Myths vs. Facts,” 2012).