Stress: The Causes Of Teenage Drinking

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People have different ways in which they deal with stress. The level of stress within each individual is abided in different ways depending on the person. Stress can form from conflicts involving school, friends, and family, and even decisions made from the general environment. Stress is a state of mental tension that results when the individual is put through demanding or pressured circumstances. When people are teenagers it’s especially hard because there is so much pressure put on them. They are so overwhelmed by these tasks that they do not know what to do to solve the anxiety they are feeling, or in some cases depression. Some peoples’ way to deal with stress is to drink. Drinking alcohol has had an increase over the past couple of years. …show more content…
Every teenager has that stage in which they do not want to listen to their parents or they choose to drink alcohol knowing their parents will not be okay with it. Some may do it for the lack of attention they receive or because their parents give them too much attention, “ The study found that teenagers without adult supervision engaged in more risky behaviors, while the teenagers who received consistent, but fair, discipline engaged in less risky behaviors” (Rebellious Teenagers, 2016.) They do it because they know it will make their parents angry and their parents will eventually find out about their activities involving alcohol. Rebellion also comes hand in hand with peer pressure “In the case of some teenagers, rebellious behaviors stem from the desire to conform to peer groups” (Rebellious Teenagers, 2016.) This is why communication with children is the key. If children are doing something they are not supposed to be doing, and the parents say they are going to punish the child, go through with the punishment. If the parents say they are going to do it but in the end do not do it, the child will think it is okay to be breaking the rules and to be …show more content…
Drinking and driving should not under any circumstance be in the same category. Most teens believe that whenever they are a little tipsy it is okay for them to drive. That is however very wrong, they are not experienced drivers and the amount of alcohol they consumed (it could be very minimal) still messes with their brain. This is why some states have created zero-tolerance laws which have helped decrease drinking and driving for teens; “Recent studies have shown that states in which “zero tolerance” laws have been implemented have seen a decrease in the likelihood of binge drinking behavior (more than 5 drinks per sitting) among male youths aged 18 – 20 by 13%” (Youth Issues, 2016.) This could all be avoided if teenagers would stop drinking. If they know that they are going to drink they should have a sober person drive or just take a cab home. This does not make it okay to drink. Many lives would be spared if people actually thought about what they are doing and the risks when getting behind the wheel while being

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