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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 issues that cause 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 It is a clear tasteless liquid formed through the fermentation of sugars by yeast spores The amount of alcohol produced depends on the type and amount of sugar in the original mixture the type of yeast used and the temperature maintained during the fermentation process American beers which contain about 3 to 6 percent alcohol are made from malted barley and hops the 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 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 leads to the need for escape Teenagers often see their parents react to stress by drinking thus providing an 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 drink But what they dont know is that drinking really hurts them in the long run The desire to be accepted and popular among their friends encourages many to begin drinking The ability to consume a lot of alcohol is associated with being a real man or woman When teens see adults drink heavily and movie stars on screen getting drunk the message that gets through is that its cool to
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