Teen Drinking

Teen Drinking
In today?s society teenaged alcoholism is a very serious problem that needs to be addressed more in schools and in homes. Alcohol is a serious drug that can cause serious damage. The reason alcohol is considered a drug is because it has a very powerful addiction, in which people cannot overcome easily. Alcohol is an overwhelming substance that can and will affect the mind and the body. Some tragic effects of teenage alcoholism are diseases and disorders, family problems and last it alters your decision making skills.
The first effect alcohol has on a teenager is becoming ill with a disease or a disorder. The most common type of disorder in teenage drinking is the sleeping disorder. When drinking alcohol, it tends to decrease the amount of time a person spends in the much needed rem (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep. Less time in the rem stage prevents a teenager from having a restful sleep. A teenager who has been drinking may wake up a lot of times during the night or day and may never go through all the stages of sleeping. Alcohol has been known to give heart, gland, and muscles diseases, which also is a reason for the increasing number of cancers. Almost 50 percent of cancers in the United States come from over drinking and the more a teenager takes in alcohol the better chance they have of getting different types of cancer. The most common effect of over drinking is obtaining the liver disease. The liver is the largest organ in the human body. ?The three alcohol-induced liver diseases are fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis, which a drinker may drink in any combination? (Mitchell 19). As a result, these are the disorders and disease a teenager could get if they decided to over drink.

The second effect of teenage alcoholism is the family problems a teenager may endure if they over drink. When a teenager starts to drink excessively, it could mean that the kid is not in a happy situation at home or that the child feels left out or the child does not have parents in the household to go to with his or her problem. ?Teenagers may also decide to drink because of their parent or parents may already be alcoholics, so if they see their parents drinking then they think that it is alright for them to drink as well? (Mitchell 36-7). In today?s society teenagers have a lot of pressure on them to succeed in academics as well as in life and they may think that the only way to get away from all the pressure is to drink their problems away. Everyone knows that is not the answer to any problem a person is going through, but at the same time the parents have an obligation to be in their child?s life and know what is going on, so they will not have t o experience life on their own.

Another effect of teenage alcoholism is that the decision making process can be altered. ?Alcohol messes with the electrical energy of the nerve cells that send messages to the brain about thoughts, feelings, and learning. When teenagers decide to drink, the alcohol goes straight to the blood stream and affects the central nervous system, which is the brain and spinal cord that controls all of the body functions. Alcohol is a depressant, which means that it slows down the task of the central nervous system and it blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters your perceptions, emotions, vision and hearing. When a person decide to drink, the decision making process is altered in a since where the brain?s reaction is much slower to another person?s action and the person starts to think certain things are good to do but really they are not? (Dudley 22-3). Some things people may do that are not good include getting into fights, skipping school, unnecessary lying, sleeping more than normal or sweating when not doing a lot of movement.

As a result, drinking causes more than one problem that can be very hazardous to one?s life. In conclusion, as you can see, drinking causes more than one problem in a person?s life. I think that drinking should be talked about frequently in homes and schools. The more a teenager knows about the effect of alcohol the less a teen would think about drinking. In my opinion drinking is not good for anyone and if not done in moderation, kids need to be informed on the effects and consequences that it causes.

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