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Are todays teenagers drinking more than their parents did, 20 or 30 years ago?

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Alcohol Are today's teenagers drinking more than their parents did, 20 or 30 years ago? Are there reasons for drinking any different? Is teenage drinking, a problem that has suddenly spiralled out of control? Teenage alcoholism is a significant problem in contemporary culture that concerns me. For this reason, I am going to discuss some of the leading questions that were, questioned commonly among New Zealanders. What are the effects of alcohol in the body? What are the causes and the problems of teenage alcoholism? What are the possible preventive measures and treatments for alcoholics? There is a tendency in this country to discuss alcohol use, largely in terms of its health hazards. Mitchel.R.Hayley, author of Teen Alcoholism, suggests that alcoholism is a chronic usually progressive disease that includes both a psychological and a physical addiction to alcohol. ...read more.

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In the December 2001 Edition of the Time Magazine, Rebecca Macfie wrote an article which states the causes of Teenage Alcoholism. She expressed psychological and social reasons for teenage drinking. Deep psychological reasons like 'avoiding tensions and worries', 'reducing anxiety' or 'wanting to act like an adult' were some of the aspects that she came across. The key social reasons that she suggested were, that they drank alcohol for the buzz of having a good time, to that happy feeling, to relax and to celebrate. According to my survey which, I conducted in the school, 60% of pupils suggested that peer pressure and depression were the primary causes of teenage alcoholism. The images of drunken teenage mayhem seem to be everywhere. It all looks like a parent's worst nightmare. ...read more.

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Increasing the tax of alcohol and the cost of drinks, providing education in school about the bad effects of alcohol, labelling drinks with health warnings, restricting alcohol consumption at work or at sporting events, and running health promotion campaigns on the risks of alcoholism. In my opinion, the best way of reducing the risk of any problem with alcohol is to stay below the recommended drinking levels. In many ways, withdrawal is the easy part of stopping drinking. There are professionals who offer support to alcoholics. Counselling can take many forms, including group therapy, behavioural therapy, social skills and training and stress management. Medication can also be used to help to prevent relapse. Self-help groups are commonly used and recommended to assist recovering alcoholics to stay off drink. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is the most well-known. I believe that all it requires of an alcoholic to stop drinking is to recognize the existence of the problem and be willing to grapple with it. ...read more.

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