Cause And Effect Essay On Teenage Drinking

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Ever since alcohol was introduced into the general public, almost everyone wanted to get themselves a bottle or pack of their favorite beverage. Teenagers are so exception to this. The connection between adolescents and alcohol is a dangerous and complex one. Teenage drinking can be seen, to teens, as a rite of passage to adulthood. This is shown by studies that indicate that almost all teens receive their first drink of alcohol from their parents. Since drinking underage is seen as something very cool for young people to do, most do not see the harmful long-term effects of teenage drinking and alcoholism. Some of these consequences include chronic alcoholism in later years, higher risk of mental disability, abuse to future family members, and other substance abuse. Most of the time, teenage alcohol use is related to parents and other authority figures around them more than anything else. Other reasons many teens choose to drink are television,
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Television, books, movies, and celebrities are another influence to young teens when it comes to drinking. A study conducted in 2000 says that, “71 percent of all programming depicted alcohol use and 77 percent contained some reference to alcohol... programs most popular with teenagers, 53 percent portrayed alcohol use; 84 percent of TV-14-rated programming, 77 percent of TV-PG programming, and 38 percent of TV-G programming depicted alcohol use”(2). Since then, the amount of alcohol and alcohol abuse in television has increased. Another study shows that in most television shows shown today, alcohol is shown more than any other drink. It’s shown more than tea, water, and soda combined. When shown in media, alcohol is normally portrayed as something fun and a substance that helps to forget problems. Since alcohol was first shown on television shows watched by teens, the amount of teens that drink have increased because of the subtle marketing these shows

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