Underage Drinking And Drug Use Essay

1327 Words Mar 19th, 2016 null Page
As “Party in the USA” played in the background, I remember jumping up and down, with my friends, in the cafeteria of my middle school. I was at my 8th dance, having what my thirteen years old self believed was the best night ever. The night ended quickly when a rumor spread that someone spiked the punch. It turns out the punch had not been spiked but two kids had been drinking that night. At thirteen years old that was my first encounter with underage drinking and it wouldn’t be my last. Teenagers drinking and drug use is not a secret in society, it happens quite often. College is where majority of underage drinking and drug use occurs, but it is rising in popularity with high school students and even middle school students. “By the 8th grade, 28% of adolescents have consumed alcohol, 15% have smoked cigarettes, and 16.5% have used marijuana” (11 Facts). With each generation, alcohol and drug use is starting younger and younger. The younger a person is when they start taking drugs and alcohol, the greater chance of addiction and health problems. (Lost Innocence). Teenagers do not understand the full effects that illicit substances have on them. They see friends, and family participating in these activities; making them think it is all right if they do it. Teenagers need to understand that there are consequences from engaging in these activities. Parents and schools play an important role in preventing and decreasing alcohol and drug use among adolescents. In Michigan, the…

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