Negative Effects Of Teenage Drinking

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Underage Drinking: the Reality Underage drinking--many do not consider it a problem, unless they know one of the 88,000 people who die each year from excessive alcohol use (National Council). A party may be considered merely a social event, but for many teens the night will not end well. Instead of fun, teens experience high blood pressure, brain growth interference, kidney and liver failure, alcohol poisoning, and possibly death. Underage drinking could be more actively prevented; teenagers need more resources available to learn of the negative side effects which include depressive thoughts, decreased brain development, damage to organs, and car accidents.

Alcohol damages brain growth, which causes teens who drink to struggle more in
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Teens who drink have a higher chance of kidney and liver failure, as well as increased blood pressure in their 20’s. As the aftermath of peer pressure begins affecting the lives of some young citizens, many more are beginning this lifestyle at an even younger age. Along with those, adolescents who use alcohol are more susceptible to addiction and substance abuse. It is hard for many adults to get help when they have an addiction or a problem, and this same issue occurs in teens. Many Americans don’t know that 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs (National Council). The amount of adolescents that need help with their addiction is much higher than the children who are treated for this disablement.. Not only does alcohol have many negative effects, but it also plays a part in the “1.9 of 2.4 million juveniles who committed crimes while under the influence’ (National Council). 2.4 million is a large fraction of America’s youth that are committing crimes, nonetheless having a large portion under some kind of altering influence. Children who drink are doing it under the assumption that there will be no risks, and that they will have a good time. This only proves further that teens with developing brains are not ready to drink alcohol, and their senses are …show more content…
A depressant is something that reduces functional or nervous activity, which then affects motor skills and basic decision making skills. Alcohol places more lethargy on depressed drinkers. Teens and adults are more likely to become suicidal and homicidal when drinking. Based on the amount of alcohol put into your system, your motor skills and ability to make logical choices become impaired. “40% of people who abuse alcohol will have depressive symptoms” (Alcohol Rehab): which goes to show that the use of alcohol creates more stressful and depressed mindsets. 2 billion people in this country abuse alcohol. To explain what 40% of alcohol users look like, it would be 800,000,000 americans with suicidal/depressed thoughts or intentions. “If someone is sad/depressed when they start drinking, their symptoms will become worse afterward”(Alcohol Rehab). Alcohol is commonly mistaken as a stimulant, because of the desired effect, however it is the root to a lot of problems in America’s youth today. The onus of getting help for a problem is placed within the

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