Causes of Teenage Drinking

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Ankit Chopra
Prof. Jackson
October 29, 2010
Causes of Teenage drinking
3/4 teenagers have already consumed alcohol more than just a few sips by the end of high school. Most of us know the effects of drinking, but, ever wondered why teenagers drink? The teenage years are a period of mixed thoughts, and emotions. These are the years, when young adults learn to take important decisions on their own. These are also the years, when teenagers come under heavy influence from others. One of the most important reasons among teenagers for drinking alcohol is peer pressure. For teenagers, it can seem very important to ‘fit in’ or ‘not to stand out’. More than 50% of 12th graders have been reported drunk at least once in their high school days. Teens are very concerned about their images, and what others think about them. Every youngster belongs to a certain group in the school, where other teens drink and party. Anyone who does not follow the same pattern is looked upon as an odd one out, and is not given acceptance. This in turn, results in exclusion from the friend circle/group. Hence, when every one around them opts for alcohol, teens resort to the habit as matter of being “in” with the group. Another reason behind teenage drinking is that it is considered cool and audacious. Everyone that drinks in the school is considered cool, and has a high reputation among friends. It is considered a status symbol, and a lot of the times, it gives you an easy access to a casual one night stand. Most of the teenagers get pulled into this massive temptation, and fall in to the pit hole of self – destruction. Many countries inherit this drinking culture; where teenagers start drinking at a very young age. There is no age limit to drinking alcohol in countries such as Italy, Greece, France, and Serbia. Germany holds arguably the biggest drinking festival of the world called ocktoberfest, which is attended by over six million people every...
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