Drinking alcohol causes kids to have accidents and injuries. In 2011 alone, about 188,000 people under the age of 21 came to visit the emergency room in the hospital with alcohol related problems. Teen alcoholism destroys/harms teenagers and should be stopped.
Some facts about alcohol:
First of all, what is alcohol? Alcohol is an organic compound, produced in various ways from the fermentation of sugars. It’s chemical structure makes it easy for alcohol to cross human cell membranes, which is highly diffusible in the body including the brain. Secondly, using alcohol before the brain has fully developed can increase the risk for future addiction. Lastly, people respond to alcohol differently. Teens with family history of alcohol addiction are 4 times more likely to develop a problem.
The cause for teens drinking alcohol may be because they want to fit in with their friends, they like the way it makes them feel, they believe it makes them more grown up, boredom, misinformation about alcohol, social media sometimes make alcohol look like an okay/good thing to do, lack of confidence (they think they can do things with more confidence when they drink alcohol), family problems or they might be under peer pressure.
Signs that a teenager is addicted to alcohol
You might be wondering “How will we know if he/she is addicted to alcohol?” Well there are a variety of ways to tell if a teen is addicted to alcohol or not. These are the most common signs of teenagers addicted to alcohol: Red eyes, health complaint, unresponsiveness, mental confusion, repeated vomiting, cold and/or discolored skin, hard time breathing and convulsions (irregular movement of your body), less interests in school, a sudden drop in grade, ditching/skipping class at school and having new friends who also have little interest in school activities and family.