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Teenagers taking drugs and alcohol.

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My essay is about teenagers taking drugs and alcohol. My main issues concern the increase usage of drugs and alcohol amongst teenagers and the fact that they are both easily obtainable. I will also talk about the effects and reasons for people taking alcohol and drugs. New research found shows that British teenagers are among the heaviest drinkers and drug users in Europe and woman have overtaken men in binge drinking. Research shows NHS costs could rise by an extra �30bn by 2020 unless the nation becomes healthier. There are many reasons as to why people are taking more drugs and alcohol. People don't see the real consequences of drugs and alcohol and more action needs to be taken to raise awareness of the effects. Young people may start taking drugs or alcohol simply because they are bored, want to experiment and to socialise and not feel left out. ...read more.


People aged fewer than eighteen will still be arrested. More shops and more pubs are selling alcohol to those under the age of eighteen and do not even ask their age or to show a form of identification. Nowadays children have more access to money and a greater choice of establishments in which to drink and what to drink. Drugs are also becoming easier to obtain. Ecstasy is not a drug anymore which is only taken for socialising during parties, but is now commonly used even amongst children at the age of just ten. The price of drugs has also become cheaper and therefore larger quantities are taken and more frequently. Solutions for the high use of illegal drugs and underage drinking in the United Kingdom could potentially be to have more severe punishments for both supplying and taking drugs and underage drinking. For example, the class of cannabis could be moved back up to B, as this will stop some users because of the fear of imprisonment or facing large fines. ...read more.


Obtaining illegal drugs and alcohol for those under the age of eighteen is very easy. There could be new laws to stop others from selling alcohol such as supermarkets; before it only used to be pubs, clubs and off-licences. Drug dealers could be targeted and strict sentencing could be faced when caught dealing and this would set examples to other dealers to maybe stop dealing. Overall, Britain has the highest rate of binge drinking and drugs are very easily available to children everywhere. More could be done to stop people taking drugs in the first place and to not drink large amounts. This mainly depends on how much the law is able to adapt to the new trends of binge drinking and regularly taking drugs. It will take a long time for the law to change and there will need to be more police officers and prison spaces if tougher sentencing is to take place. More organisations need to educate young people about the real effects of underage drinking and drugs. There needs to be long-term solutions for health affecting factors like smoking, underage drinking and taking illegal drugs. ...read more.

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