Alcohol Awareness For Teens Essay

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I asked my fifteen year-old brother what he would like to learn about if he could pick anything and I was surprised when he said he wanted to learn about the effects of alcohol on the body. While searching the internet for the perfect site, I came across a government website called TheCoolSpot.gov. This website is designed specifically for teenagers to learn about the effects of alcohol, and it contains facts about abusing alcohol at an early age. It allows them to take quizzes to test their knowledge about alcohol use. Additionally, if a teenager or someone close to them feels that they have a problem, there is a link that directs them to other sites for support, advice about group support such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and even …show more content…
Some major ones include stress, low self-esteem, domestic violence or divorce, and peer pressure. As nurses, our responsibility is to provide public education to this age group with the information they need to make the right decision regarding alcohol use and why the best decision is to refrain. Obviously we cannot make the decision for them, but if they have the facts about consequences, both physical and mental, the odds are better that they will abstain from this destructive behavior. Surprisingly, I have found that it is more likely to be effective for children to hear this information from adults other than their parents because often teens assume parents are trying to dictate their lives. Parents of teens are between “a rock and a hard place” because by the time the kids reach this age they want more privacy and they are striving to become independent. They do not want their parents telling them what they can and cannot do. Trust is also a huge issue with teens. After talking to my brother, I learned that he feels parents should trust their children more. Often he feels that parents automatically expect their children to behave as they may have as young adults. He argues that parents might realize that their children are different people; and that they don’t have any intention of putting themselves in a position where peer pressure to drink will occur.
Underage drinking is becoming more and more prevalent in media today. This is

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