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Teenagers today have no idea what alcoholism really is They think that they can never become alcoholics They think that it could never happen to them but they are wrong Stress Family problems and the desire to be popular are wrong the cause of teenage alcoholism Signs that a teenager has a drinking problem and steps that parents can take to help their child are what I will discuss in this paper The critical ingredient common to all alcoholic beverages is ethyl alcohol or ethanol Lang 21 It is a clear tasteless liquid formed through the fermentation of sugars by yeast spores Lang 21 The amount of alcohol produced depends on the type and amount of sugar in the original mixture the type of yeast used the temperature maintained during the fermentation process American beers which contain about 3 to 6 alcohol are made from malted barley and hops he ripened and dried cones of the hop plant Most wines are made by fermenting grapes or berries and normally reach a maximum of about 15 alcohol Though they are sometimes fortifies with additional ethanol alcohol and thus may reach 20 alcohol in cherry or port wines Teenage years are filled with unsure time Intense pressure to perform and succeed are felt by many youths according to Alliant Health Systems Louisville Ky Perceived failure at home and or school can lead to the need for escape Teenagers often see their parents react to stress by drinking This providing and example for them They also see their favorite movie actors or actresses getting drunk when they go to a movie so they think that its OK for them to o it but what they dont know it really hurts them in the long run With their parents the might being having marital problems and that can usually drive a teenager to drink The desire to be accepted and popular among their friends
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