Teen alcoholism is a problem that has been plaguing the United States for many decades now. The legal age for alcohol consumption is twenty-one years old in every state of the United States, but this law is commonly broken. The fact that it has not been strictly enforced caused an outbreak of alcohol consumption between minors all over, and because of this, we have been accepting teenage drinking more than ever. The problem lies in the lack of law enforcement, the acceptance by parents and guardians, and the overall attitude of teenagers themselves. Although there are many ways to attempt to treat alcoholism, we find few solutions to be effective (Underage Drinking, 2012).
The drinking age of 21 is very ineffective as kids are still able to get their hands on alcohol, but not always in the safest way. Underage kids seek out to others for fake IDs to get easier access to alcohol, or look for kids of age to support their needs, but in desperate measures they go to the extreme and steal from stores or family cabinets. Binge drinking has reduced with teens under the age of 18, but has still been a major problem for college students, as males binge drinking rates has remained nearly the same, but women 's has substantially increased over the years. "Some researchers have speculated that because colleges are made up of young, mostly unmarried people—with no parental control and no spouse to check in with—they may be more likely to drink to excess than people of the same age who live with their parents or have a spouse. Plus, most have easy access to alcohol because at least some of their peers are 21 or older," says Grucza.
However, the negative effect of alcohol to security very seriously and it kills the young generations if the government doesn’t offer tough measures . While I was in Vietnam, I often went to restaurants for lunch with colleagues. I saw the youths about fifteen or sixteen years old drank beer very naturally without the intervention of government or the responsible people. I read a lot of document about the influence of alcohol to minors and know the harm they are for teenagers. Teenagers are often unaware of their actions and want to prove themselves to their friends.
This lecture deals with alcohol use (and abuse) among adolescents. Alcohol is an extremely important issue for teenagers. There have been many moments in my life during which I have been offered some form of alcohol, but turned it down. In order to avoid being exposed to alcohol and drunken (intoxicated) people, I do not attend parties- I doubt I will even after I turn twenty-one years old. Unfortunately, not too many underage people that I know abide by these rules, and I strongly doubt a high percentage of teenagers do .
Parents are also to blame letting their kids drink and sometimes even buying it for their teens. The drinking age is twenty-one but all these teens are still getting alcohol. At this time I believe the drinking age should stay at twenty-one until there are stricter punishment for alcohol abuse. Today's laws are not what they should be to prevent teens from engaging in underage drinking. The laws are not cutting down on the number of deaths that occur because alcohol is involved or domestic disturbances.
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.
It is more common for young adults to binge drink in the United States that in most countries that allow underage drinking. “The health crisis caused by underage drinking proclaimed by the National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia (CASA) does not exist,” by. Doug Bandow (Balkin, and Szumski 44). The study done by CASA is filled with inaccurate statistics and was only made to advance the group’s message. Parents should teach teens how to drink responsibly, to reduce the problems related to binge drinking among adolescents (Balkin, and Szumski 44).
. Some ways it effects peoples lives include alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related traffic fatalities by individuals who are problem drinkers but who are not alcohol dependent. Because alcohol has so many negative effects on a person's mental and physical health, people should avoid the consumption of it altogether. Teenage drinking has become a big problem around the world the studies have shown between seventy to eighty percent of every teen has had an alcoholic beverage. (ClayPool 2) That is about half of the students in a public school.
Parents also agree that this law is useless and allow their under-aged teens to go out when they know what will happen at the party. So why is this law enforced by the law but not in the world? What will it take to get the government to understand that teens don’t care about this law on drinking? Onto the history of teen drinking. Drunk driving casualties is one of the factors that caused people to question the age of which someone is allowed to drink.
According to Reginald Smart, in 1971 the Canadian province of Ontario lowered its drinking age from 21 years to 18 years, thinking this would help alleviate its underage drinking problem. At first, the new age law seemed to be working. Soon, bar owners complained because the young drinkers scared off the above 21 crowd, just took up space, and did not drink as much as the above 21 crowd. People in Ontario also started to notice more accidents involving alcohol and more public displays of drunkenness by young people. School officials also were distressed by the fact that students were allowed to drink at lunch, and then returned to class too intoxicated to take part in the learning process.