Effects on Alcohol and Drug Use among Teenagers
Heroin. Marijuana. Cocaine. Methamphetamine. Those are just a few of the illegal drug substances teenagers’ use. Over the past decade, drug use among teenagers has been increasing dramatically. In the book, Go Ask Alice by Anonymous, readers are introduced into the life of Alice as she goes through her rollercoaster life, faced with abuse, drugs, and alcohol and how much those substances affected her life.
The story opens with Alice dealing with somewhat relevant issues as some of us do today. Alice is considered herself as a "typical" teenager. For example, she worries about boys, acceptance from her peers, her weight, and her family. At her school, she worries about what her crush thinks of her and she explains her discomforts there. She gets excited, though, when she hears that her father, who is a professor, gets transferred to a college in a different town. Alice goes back to visit her old hometown for the summer. All of her friends are at camp, and she is staying with her grandparents. Alice gets invited to a party with the "popular" kids. This is where she gets her first high on LSD.
Many teenagers have come about to that situation before, they’re at a party or just hanging out with friends and one thing leads to another, and they’re offered alcohol or drugs. “Teenagers get peer pressured into trying drugs, teenagers rebel, they want to do what they’re told not to do,” (Mass 59). Teenagers today believe that the first use of drugs is safe. However, although there is no instant addiction with the first try. Teenagers tend to experiment further (Teen Drug Abuse 3). Therefore, availability, curiosity, and experimentation could result in drug addiction among teenagers (Teen Drug Abuse 6). Teenage drug abuse is one of the largest problems in society today and the problem grows and larger every year. Drugs are a pervasive force in our culture today. To expect kids not to be influenced by the culture of...
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