Teenagers are surrounded daily by different issues and problems. Some know how to deal with them; others create bigger problems for themselves. A problem that a teenager could come across can vary in its extremity. A major problem, that forms from other problems, is drug and alcohol abuse/use. Drug and alcohol abuse has become a huge problem among teenagers. It can start for multiple reasons. Every person has a different reason. The most common reasons or excuses for teenagers are boredom, depression, the pure enjoyment of the feeling they get, the need or desire to be like or join everyone else, peer pressure, media, television, and celebrities. The problem that comes with the usage of drugs and alcohol is that it impairs judgement, and distorts the way one would normally function. Because of this, people do things that they normally would not do, which creates more problems. Multiple problems can occur from the use of drugs or alcohol, the worst being, teen pregnancy, rape, abuse, and or even death (to oneself or others).
When children are in grade school, it does not matter how they act or who they play with, but as they get older cliques form and they suddenly find the need of wanting to belong with a certain group. From this you have people "asking" you to do things that you necessarily would not do. They say that they will be your friend if you do what everyone else is doing. This is known as peer pressure. Most teenagers give in to this pressure because they want to feel as if they belong. They feel that if everyone else does it, then they should, because they do not want to be left out. Another reason teenagers do drugs or drink is because of the influence by the media, television, and celebrities. Teens see people who are their role models, drinking and getting high, and they want to be just like them. Teenagers and children today are highly influenced by television and celebrities to the point that they think that is how they...
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