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ALCOHOL ABUSE AMONG TEENAGERS General View Its very interesting that I find myself writing about something that not only is commonsense but what is more something that every one knows about in general but may not in particular Alcohol use among teenagers is a serious problem and is responsible for death and injury in automobile accidents physical and emotional disability deterioration of academic performances aggressive behavior that causes a number of other sociological problems in families and among friends It is also the primary cause of criminal behavior and a leading cause of broken marriages As we know its a broad topic therefore Ill look at the role that alcohol plays in the society and its impact on teenage addiction MATTER OF CONCERN Causes and effects The age when young people are taking their first drink is becoming lower each year Many studies show that preteens are experimenting with alcohol and many are already heavy drinkers Cahalan 1997 It may be difficult for parents and teachers to believe that a seventh grade student can have an alcohol problem but a study of student drinking practices shows that 5 of seventh-grade boys and 44 of seventh-grade girls are seriously abusing alcohol Royce 1996 Thats why we see the consequences in terms of antisocial behavior school failure attention deficit learning disabilities and road accidents among the teenagers THE MAIN CAUSE MEDIA Despite the problems caused to young and old by alcohol society sends mixed signals to its youth Media presents alcohol drinking with peers as not only acceptable but also to insure friendship and as a romantic beverage Movies present a realistic picture of alcohol abuse A report by scientific analysis corporation examined drinking practices on television and found that out of 225 programs 701 alcoholic drinking acts were recorded which were against the voluntary code Jean Lennane1995 of the liquor industry The code states that a Any actor shown drinking must be over the age
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