The Problem of Drinking in Our Society On a recent learning channel special alcohol was introduced as being extremely hazardous and sometimes fatal when used irresponsibly. Alcoholism is a disease classified as the need for alcohol that affects over 8.1 million Americans. Twenty percent of all suicide victims are alcoholics. Excessive drinkers who are not alcoholics risk suffering from long-term health conditions, such as liver failure, which often require hospitalization and transplantation, and can result in death. Even consumers that think they are not in danger of the above conditions are still susceptible to the accidents that occur more frequently when alcohol is involved due to the drug interfering with the judgment skills within the brain.
About five thousand teens die from underage drinking each year from suicide, drunk driving, etc. There are many different effects and causes of teens that start drinking. There is not enough attention to teens that drink and still there is a huge amount of teens still dying each year. Teenage Alcoholism is a huge problem, not in just the United States but all around the world. Stricter laws need to be enforced to lower the rates of teens dying and create a more safe and happy place for teens and adults.
As a result of underage drinking, 5,000 adolescents under the age of 21 die annually due to intoxication (taking motor vehicle crashes, homicides, suicides, and other injuries while intoxicated into consideration) (paragraph 2). Later in life, underage drinkers are more likely to develop alcoholism, poor performance in school, and risky sexual behavior (paragraph 43). Although this research is not opposed to my argument, there is an importance to acknowledging it as proof of dangerous, underage drinking occurring significantly regardless of whether it is illegal. More importantly, this research stems from adolescents drinking without the supervision of adults and in uncontrolled quantities. Since adolescents must wait a long period of time to drink legally, I believe they fear they must take advantage of drinking opportunities by excess drinking and risk of safety due to their restriction to alcohol.
Specific factors that pertain to this fatal problem are blood alcohol content (BAC), failure to wear seatbelts, and inexperienced driving. Of all these, the blood alcohol content or BAC level causes the most risk to young adults¡¯ drinking and driving. National research comparing BAC of drivers in single-vehicle crashes with that of drivers not in crashes reveals that each .02% increase in content level nearly doubles the risk of fatal crash involvement. For drivers under age 21, the risk increases more rapidly with each drink consumed (Hingson 52). In addition, alcohol-related traffic accidents not only cause high death rates, but they cost society % 45 billion annually in hospital costs, rehabilitation expenses, and lost productivity (NHTSA 3).
Alcohol has become a widespread social problem for us. People are constanly abusing the legal status of being allowed to consume alcoholic beverage. Even the minor and teens are getting access to alcohol through elders, friends, family etc or by trying to cicumvent policies and law designed to prevent access to them. According to the NHTSA, nearly 12,000 people in the U.S. die every year in DUI-related accidents. 900,000 are arrested each year for DUI/DWI, and a full 1/3 of those are repeat offenders.
Haun & Tomasello (2011) best explain peer pressure as doing something to “conform to the behavior and opinions of peer groups, even when one knows better” (Abstract section). A child may know better than to drink underage. However, because of the pressure from peers to drink, a child may end up giving in. Statistics and Facts about Underage Drinking The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, states “underage drinking is a leading contributor to death from injuries, which are the main cause of death for people under age 21. Each year, approximately 5,000 persons under the age of 21 die from causes related to underage drinking” (NIH, n.d.).
Alcohol control Drug and alcohol addictions can strain your personal relationships and make it hard to focus on what is really important in life. Young people are the most common addicts we see today. According to information collected by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), about 22.5 million Americans over the age of 12 were using illicit drugs in the last month. Addiction is complicated, and it can affect brain functioning in a variety of ways. Alcoholism and drug dependence can affect all aspects of a person’s life.
underaged drinking is the number one drug problem in the united states. Each year aproximately 5000 teens die from underaged drinking. Statistics show that about three fourths of 12th graders have participated in binge drinking. Underage drinking is a problem that needs to be faced head on and be solved and prevented. Every teen chooses to drink for a different reason whether it be depression or peer pressure.
According to Washington Accident Book, before the age to drink was twenty-one, there were many fatal car accidents among young adults age eighteen to twenty. When the legal drink to drink was at twenty-one fatal car accidents decrease by twenty-eight percent (Drinking Age Law). Alcohol causes dizziness, impairs judgment, lengthens response time, and causes an increase in fatal car accidents among young adults. Health concerns also increase by lowering the legal drinking age. Alcohol intake can hinder the brain development of the young adult.
The severity of withdrawal effects on your body increases each withdraw severe withdraws happened to 2% to 5% of heavy drinkers that have stopped and call consumption me last 3 to 7 days with treatment data is about 1% alcoholic should be taken to the hospital for detoxification if they are apt to have severe suicidal or homicidal thought disruptive job Or family situations or are incapable to accompany out patient facilities. (www.aafp.org 1) Overall drinking alcohol is definitely not the wisest decision to take. Alcoholism is a very serious condition that can only be treated with consistent care and determination. Today around 18 million Americans suffer from alcoholism or alcohol abuse. Many die from alcohol abuse or kill someone else in the process.