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Teenagers and Alcohol

Teenagers have important decisions to make every time they drink. They need to decide whether or not they are going to drink excessively. If they drink excessively, they have a good chance of getting into accidents. Like drinking and driving. Teens don't know how to control their driving when their drunk. This is very bad for their health. They can get hurt. Also it's bad to just drink. If you drink to much you can die. Teenage drinking can also cause other problems other than driving injuries. It can interfere with  day to day relationships with friends and family. Preventing teenage drinking is a huge challenge that would take forever to stop. But if teenage drinking continues, people will have more deaths on their hands, and more stomachs pumped. 

 

Koop, Everett. Teenagers and Alcohol. Assoiciation of schools of public health, 1983. Web. < http://www.jstor.org/stable/4627333

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Enforcement of the Legal Minimum Drinking Age in the United States

Enforcement of the Legal Minimum Drinking Age in the United States | Should drinking be changed so that teens can buy it? | Scoop.it

This article is about the percentages of high school students who drink. Over the past few years, underaged drinking has grown and grown and grown. 11 and 12 year olds are now drinking. Studies say the these pre teens consume 6% of Alcoholic Beverages. This is pretty big for such a young age. This rate increases 25% by ages 13 and 14. This is a huge leap forward for just a one year difference. 55% of 15 to 17 year olds consume alcoholic beverages. This is more than half. Lastly, 92% of seniors drink. This is almost every senior in high school. So many teens drink illegally, its to much to count! Some researchers say that if the United States were to reduce the drinking age, not a lot of high schoolers were drink anymore.  They think that it would not be has important if you could just buy it on a normal basis. 

 

 

Wagenaar, Alexander, and Mark Wolfson. Enforecment of the Legal Minimum Drinking Age in the United States. Web. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/3342606>. ;

 

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Black-White Adolescent Drinking: The Myth and the Reality

Higgins, Paul, and Gary Albrecht . Black-White Adolescent Drinking: The Myth and the Reality. Web.

 

In the 1970's, scientists researched teenage drinking. What was surprising is that more white teens were drinking than black teens. According to the study, when black teens did drink, they were more likely to drink with their families at the dinner table than with their friends. White teens, however, were more likely to drink at parties and with friends. This is information is important to determine the drinking age and why it should be for adults. Although black teens don't drink like white teens, according to the study, they were substituting it for drugs, which in my opinion, is worse than drinking. Another research idea that they came up with was that 93% of graduates in high school were experimenting with alcoholic beverages. They've also researched this for seventh graders. It was very surprising to find out that 63% of boys and 54% of girls were drinking at that young age. This can effect future careers. In addition, when these young drinkers are drinking , they are consuming far more than the average adult consumes in a single sitting. This means that they are not responsible enough to be drinking. 

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Higgins, Paul, and Gary Albrecht . Black-White Adolescent Drinking: The Myth and the Reality. Web.

 

In the 1970's, scientists researched teenage drinking. What was surprising is that more white teens were drinking than black teens. According to the study, when black teens did drink, they were more likely to drink with their families at the dinner table than with their friends. White teens, however, were more likely to drink at parties and with friends. This is information is important to determine the drinking age and why it should be for adults. Although black teens don't drink like white teens, according to the study, they were substituting it for drugs, which in my opinion, is worse than drinking. Another research idea that they came up with was that 93% of graduates in high school were experimenting with alcoholic beverages. They've also researched this for seventh graders. It was very surprising to find out that 63% of boys and 54% of girls were drinking at that young age. This can effect future careers. In addition, when these young drinkers are drinking , they are consuming far more than the average adult consumes in a single sitting. This means that they are not responsible enough to be drinking. 

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A Test of Cognitive Dissonance Theory to Explain Parents' Reactions to Youths' Alcohol Intoxicatio

Studies show that parents are starting to be supportive of their children drinking. This is really important because parents are wrong. They think that if they offer their kids drinks, they will have a good chance of not drinking as much when their older. Parents are completely wrong. Researchers say that you should not give them alcohol. That will lesson the chance of the teens drinking when their older. If parents continue offering alcohol to their kids, they will have drinking problems later in life. In Europe, Parents offer alcohol to their children. We accept that because Europeans are a lot more responsible than Americans. They will never get too intoxicated unlike Americans. Whenever Americans have access to Alcohol, they will most likely get intoxicated.  Parents need to stop giving them alcohol. It will effect their entire lives. They wont be able to find jobs. 

 

 

Kerr, Margaret , and Terese Glatz. A Test of Cognitive Dissonance Theory to Explain Parents' Reactions to Youths' Alcohol Intoxication. National Council of Family Revelations, 2012. Web. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/23324470>. ;
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Drinking Behavior Among Teen-Agers: A Comparison of Institutionalized and Non- Institutionalized Youth

Drinking Behavior Among Teen-Agers: A Comparison of Institutionalized and Non- Institutionalized Youth | Should drinking be changed so that teens can buy it? | Scoop.it

 Two reports had shown that students who are in trouble with the law drink more than just regular students. This was very amazing because you would think that it would be equal. But the reason students or teens that are in trouble with the law drink more is because they are under pressure and they need relief. It helps lesson the tension. Another interesting fact about students who are in trouble are that half of them have at least one parent who has died or has gotten divorced. This is another example on why they drink. They feel sad and lonely. It also says that these students get drunk in the school day. This makes it harder for them to do well. If you were to compare a regular high school student to a troubled high school student, they would be completely different. In stead of stopping drinking, we should stop kids from breaking the law and getting in trouble.

 

Mackay, James, and Derek Phillips . Drinking Behavior Among Teen-Agers: A Comparison of Institutionalized and Non- Institutionalized Youth. Web.

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