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Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption: The Killers that Evade Justice Teenage alcohol and tobacco abuse is one of the most predominant problems faced in America. Its devastating effects on the American youth has plagued America for over 50 years. Once considered an unharmful fad, alcohol and tobacco use has increased among the youth, and modern research has proved it to be a malignant tradition. Research shows that about 81% of high school students drink alcohol, 31% binge drink at least once a month, and 75% of smokers have started before the age of 18. These statistics are absurd, and they reveal how action must occur if America is to solve this crisis. Alcohol and tobacco use can cause devastating damage to not only the body but also the mind; they dramatically affect one's lifestyle in a negative manner, so action needs to be taken to stop the spread of this epidemic. Alcohol and tobacco can cause serious damage to the body, especially when the consumer is below the legal drinking/smoking age. ...read more.


One study showed that 37% of eighth grade females who drank heavily attempted suicide (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry). Also, children who are drinking alcohol by seventh grade are more likely to abuse drugs and have academic problems than those who don't (Blood Alcohol Information). This usually leads to trouble finding employment, criminal activity, and increased violence. As big of a problem as it is, alcohol and tobacco consumption isn't a problem for all kids. In fact, it is largely based upon where one lives. Research has shown that kids in inner cities are more likely to consume alcohol and tobacco more often than kids living in rural areas. This is partly due to the availability of alcohol and tobacco in cities, and because poorer families often migrate to cities. Every day, on average, 11,318 American youth try alcohol, and more than 6,000 American youth become smokers. These results lead to numerous alcohol/tobacco related deaths every year. ...read more.


Advertisements need to be taken off the air for these products, and the drinking and smoking on television needs to be limited. Another method of reducing alcohol and tobacco consumption among the youth is raising alcohol and tobacco prices. Many Americans continue to ignore this epidemic, thinking that it will not affect them or their kids. However, , if four- fifths of high school students drink, how likely is it that your kids and all their friends won't become part of this statistic? People need to take action now to limit alcohol and tobacco consumption as much as possible. Among smokers aged 12-17 years old, 70% already regret their decision to smoke and 66% state that they want to quit (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry). Already, research has provided us with the numbers and statistics we need to prove that alcohol and tobacco consumption is detrimental to our lives; now all we need is more support. Schools have implemented new prevention programs, but that is not enough. What America needs is for the people to unite and fight this problem that has been ravaging the youth for years. ...read more.

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