Teenage Drinking

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Teenage Drinking

According to Lang nine out of ten high school seniors have used alcohol, one out of twenty use it daily, and one out of three will get drunk during any given weekend (back cover). Teenage drinking is a very serious problem that is growing by the day in our country. I want to know what kids who drink are getting themselves in to when they decide to start in high school or junior high. What types of health and psychological problems will they be facing? What are the chances that they will become addicted to alcohol, or to some other drug, for life? My father is an alcoholic and has been so for most, if not all, of his life. He began drinking at about the age of twelve, while an altar boy for his church/school often drinking the wine and beer remaining from past festivals. My father’s drinking has had a major effect on my life, since he spent lots of money drinking and would then come home and fight with my mother. Alcohol has long-term effects on a person and to their family that one should know about before anyone begins drinking.

The bulk of my research consisted of the five books and five Internet sites along with personal experiences. My primary resource in my search was the web site run by the Brown University Research Center and The Addiction Research Foundation. After that came the entries in the Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs, titled “Alcohol: Teenage Drinking,” by Alan R. Lang. I also gather information from Getting Tough on Gateway Drugs, by Robert L. DuPont, Jr.; Teenagers & Alcohol, by Roger E. Vogler and Wayne R. Bartz; Alcohol: Use and Abuse in America, by Jack H. Mendelson, and Nancy K. Mello; and Alcohol: Uses and Abuses, by Margaret O. Hyde. The best source I found, as far as...

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Works Cited

Alcohol and Addiction Studies. 2 Feb. 2000. Brown University Research Center and Addiction Research Foundation. 6 Feb. 2000 .

Alcohol and Coronary Heart Disease. Oct. 1999. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 4 Feb. 2000 .

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 4 Feb. 2000. The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. 5 Feb. 2000 .

DuPont, Robert L. Getting Tough on Gateway Drugs. Washington: American Psychiatric, 1984.

Hyde, Margaret O. Alcohol: Uses and Abuses. Hillside: Enslow, 1988.

Lang, Alan R. Alcohol: Teenage Drinking. New York: Chelsea House, 1985.

Mendelson, Jack H., and Mello, Nancy K. Alcohol: Use and Abuse in America. Boston: Little, Brown, 1985.

Volger, Roger E., and Bartz, Wayne R. Teenagers & Alcohol: When Saying No Isn’t Enough. Philadelphia: Charles, 1992.
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