Alcohol Abuse in Teenagers: Killing Teens and Hurting Society

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According to a study conducted by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Association, approximately 11,318 American teenagers try alcohol for the first time every day. Teenagers experience the pressures of everyday life; therefore, some teens may begin to drink to cope with the stress. During the teenage years of one’s life, many decisions are influenced by peers. For this reason, peer pressure is a major cause of alcohol abuse in teenagers. Additionally, teenagers are known to be rebellious. Hormones and the stress of every day life may create a rebellious teen. This rebellious nature may lead to the alcohol abuse in a teenager. Due to stress, peer pressure, and rebellious natures, American teenagers are engaging in risky behaviors, which …show more content…
The survey was conducted by an organization called the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Stress can lead to alcohol abuse in teenagers, but there are many other ways to cope with stress besides drinking. Getting a good night’s sleep, taking a break once in a while, and talking about feelings are all great ways to deal with stress. Teenagers must deal with stress everyday, and everyone deals with stress a bit differently. For some, drinking relieves stress, but it is extremely dangerous to their health. In addition to stress, peer pressure is another major factor that can lead to alcohol abuse in teenagers. Usually, during teenage years, teenagers spend more time with their friends instead of their family. Teens cannot escape peer pressure, and most people experience it at some point in their life. The teenage years are definitely some of the hardest years in a person’s life. Fitting in, and being popular, are important aspects of some people’s high school careers. No one wants to be rejected or lose a friend over a small issue of drinking a bit of alcohol, so he or she may give into peer pressure and join in the behavior. When everyone else is drinking at a party, no teen wants to be left out or made fun of for not drinking. The influence of others definitely

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