Alcoholism is a disease that is widespread throughout the United States. A lot of people think that alcoholics are old, drunk men that smell bad but that is not necessarily the case. “Alcohol is by far the most used and abused drug among America’s teenagers. According to a national survey, nearly one-third (31.5%) of all high school students reported hazardous drinking (5+ drinks in one setting) during the 30 days preceding the survey” (Kann, 2001). A lot of teenagers, both boys and girls, suffer from the disease of alcoholism. It is also known that, “Children of alcoholics are at a high risk for developing problems with alcohol and other drugs; they often do poorly at school, live with pervasive tension and stress, have high levels of anxiety and depression, and experience coping problems” (Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, n.d.). There are also other possible causes as to why some teenagers have problems with drinking. Parents, do not fret, there are signs to look for in your children, as well as ways to intervene if it is already happening.
There are a few different causes as to why teenagers become alcoholics. One of the most obvious is peer pressure. Most kids try drinking with their friends for the first time, not by themselves. If all their friends are drinking, they might do it too to fit in and be considered “cool”. Kids that are shy or suffer from social anxiety can use drinking as a way to loosen up and be more outgoing around their peers. Also, if kids hangout with a certain group of friends that drink on a regular basis, they usually tend to do the same. Another cause can be from emotional influences, such as abuse or trauma. “Drug Addiction Support says that teenagers may develop alcoholism as a way to block pain in their life” (Livestrong). If a child gets verbally, physically, or sexually abused, they are more likely to turn to alcohol as a way to numb the pain and to be able to forget about what is...
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