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Teenage Alcohol Abuse

By Thomas & Paulk  Apr. 28, 2011 4:51p

If you grew up as a normal teenager in America, then you have probably witnessed firsthand how teenagers have the propensity to abuse alcohol. Today, teenage drinking is a leading public health problem in the United States. Nearly 5,000 teenagers and young adults under the age of 21 die each year as a result of alcohol abuse. That figure includes 1,900 deaths from car accidents, 1,600 from homicides, and 300 from suicide, not to mention the plethora of other injuries sustained while teenagers were under the influence of alcohol.

In a 2003 study, it was revealed that the average age for most adolescents to start abusing alcohol is 14, compared to 17 ½ in 1965. Historically, alcoholism which is associated with middle age actually had its roots at a much younger age, typically during adolescence. Nearly 1 million high school students nationwide are frequent binge drinkers, which also means they are more inclined to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking cigarettes, using illegal drugs, promiscuity and earning low marks in school. If your son or daughter has been arrested for underage DUI, you should contact a Tampa DUI attorney immediately.

Why Do So Many Teens Drink?

Teens are more inclined to engage in risky behavior than their adult counterparts, they tend to feel as if they are invincible. Most teens have yet to reach maturity, and they are more likely to succumb to peer pressure due to the desire for social acceptance. Furthermore, teenagers are more inclined to fear rejection and social isolation if they do not engage in drinking or smoking with their friends.

Environmental factors have a strong influence on young adults when it comes to underage drinking. For example, parents who engage in frequent alcohol use are more likely to have children who abuse alcohol. In addition, a young girl with an older boyfriend is more likely to engage in drinking, since the alcohol is more readily available and he may push it on her. Even external influences such as the media, have an effect on how children view alcohol. With so many commercials and movies displaying alcohol use as a “fun” thing, it’s no wonder teens desire to experiment with alcohol.

If your child has been arrested for underage DUI, contact a Tampa DUI lawyer at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. today for further legal assistance.

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