The Effects Of Adolescent Drinking Alcohol

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The average adolescent is exposed to alcohol by their teenage years, which is typically by their 18’s and 20’s close to the legal drinking age limit which is 21 so not much effect is done to their development at the time. The adolescent who is exposed to alcohol at a young age starting at 13 is more likely to start drinking alcohol because they’re so exposed to it they think its okay. If their parents or friends drink then just like anything else, the adolescent will want to participate with them. Many factors contribute as to why an adolescent may pursue drinking alcohol such as their family, friends, and the environment they live in (Schelleman-Offermans, Knibbe, Kuntsche, 2013). The adolescent who starts drinking will experience the effects …show more content…
More than likely these numbers have increased and they will continue to increase unless we do something and teach adolescents the risks and effects alcohol usage will bring. Adolescents drink alcohol for any reason nowadays. They find any excuse to drink such as a weekend with friends, birthdays, BBQ’s, parties, etc. And since adolescents are under the legal age limit to buy beer they settle for whatever anyone’s older sibling, parent, or friend can bring. They might not even enjoy the taste, but since the people they’re around are doing it, they suck it up and participate with them. Alcohol usage by adolescents has become way too normal and it needs to be …show more content…
Adolescents who drink alcohol are likely to have poor outcomes in later life, such as socioeconomic underachievement and future drug dependence (Maclean, Kutin, Best, Bruun, Green, 2014). What adolescents fail to understand is that the alcohol use that started as an occasional thing can lead to alcoholism which leads to poor outcomes in life. Risk factors associated with alcohol use done by adolescents include homelessness, disrupted education, involvement in illegal activities, mental health problems and social connections (associating with peers who take part in criminal activities) (Maclean, Kutin, Best, Bruun, Green, 2014). These risk factors and life outcomes need to be known by parents and taught to their adolescent because no parent wants to see their child end up with any of these things. The only way we can prevent these things is by taking action and teaching adolescents all this information now before they choose to engage in drinking

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