Teenage Drinking

It is a fact that teenage alcohol use is a widespread problem in the United States, despite the 21 age minimum for legal drinking. More and more teens are beginning to drink in the privacy and safety of their homes and at parties with their friends.
It has been estimated that more then 100 million alcohol drinkers in the United States. A large majority, approximately 11 million, are under the age of 21. Many of these 11 million are currently high school seniors, who openly admit that they have tried or currently drink. Many of them also admit to have taken their first drink by the time they turned 12. Of the 11 million under-age drinkers it is estimated that 5 million are either ...

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seem to be directed at a younger crowd. Take for instance the Budweiser frogs and iguanas. They have a playfully image that can be received by children and teens.
It is known that drinking alcohol has very negative effects on the human body. Molecules in the alcohol act as neurotransmitters and turn cells off in the Reticular Activating System, RAS for short. When these cells turn off you become drowsy, your cerebellum is tricked to think you are asleep and you begin to stumble and fall. The alcohol also affects your speech, making it slurred and hard to understand.
What causes teens to drink? Teens start drinking for many reasons that are not very complicated. One very strong issue on determining whether a teen will drink is heredity. If either of the teens' parents have a history of alcohol abuse, they could inherit that trait and begin to drink. Teens can also drink to escape and offset pressures and stresses. If they see family or friends having a good time while ...

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Added: 6/15/2004 12:36:07 PM
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