Alcohol abuse is described in many medical journals and books as a psychiatric diagnosis describing the use of alcoholic beverages despite negative consequences. This means that an individual has no self-control and does not care for the consequences that will arise if he or she continues to take massive intakes of alcohol without any regard for the safety and well being of his own and his fellow men. Alcohol works as a central nervous system depressant similar to an anesthetic (Michelle 2013)
Alcohol abuse amongst teenagers is a growing concern for many parents and governments all over the world. About half of U.S. adults drink regularly, and one in five always abstain. Women should consume no more than one drink a day, and men no more than two. Alcohol increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. (Slusser 2011)
Why Teenagers turn to alcohol:
Teens use alcohol and other drugs for many reasons. They may do it because they want to fit in with friends or certain groups particularly if a teenager possesses a shy nature, or is not confident in socializing with people, or wants to be amongst the popular age group at school or in the neighborhood. Teenagers may also drink alcohol because they like the way it makes them feel. This is particularly true for those teenagers who are suffering from depression due to a variety of factors: financial burden at home or if they are working then stress from work, parental problems, parental abuse particularly if it is sexual in nature or too physical, the need of attention from working parents who have no time for their children due to the financial difficulties. (Hales 2013)
Alcohol is the most frequently used drug by teenagers in the United States. About half of junior high and senior high school students drink alcohol on a monthly basis and 14% of teens have been intoxicated at least once in the past year. Nearly 8% of teens that drink say they drink at least five or more alcoholic drinks in a row (binge...