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Provide a Background Context Alcohol is the drug of choice among youth. Many young people are experiencing the consequences of drinking too much, at too early an age. As a result, underage drinking is a leading public health problem in this country. Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 18 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes, 1,600 as a result of homicides, 300 from suicide, as well as hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns, and drownings. How do they get it? 10% of 12-15 yr-old drinkers say they buy their own alcohol. 63% of 16-17 yr-olds have bought their own booze in pubs, nightclubs and bars. ...read more.


http://www.raisingkids.co.uk/fea/FEA_13.ASP Consider Relevant Factors Causes ?Peer Pressure: For most young people, the teenage years are a fun and exciting time, filled with first-time experiences: a new school, a part-time job but in this day and age teens are often tempted to try, and abuse, alcohol because of peer pressure. Friends may tell you that it's cool, it's relaxing, and it'll make your Saturday night so much more fun. Until you picture yourself all alone, lurching down the road and throwing up in a gutter - nothing cool, relaxing or fun about that! ?Media Influences: There are such programmes like Skins, Shameless, 90210 and other programmes with a teenage fan base. Also, magazines often cover different celebrities who drink to excess, with these people being labelled as "cool", and are therefore role models for a number of teenagers in society today. ...read more.


Also, the effects of drinking can influence a relationship, as the person may change with alcohol, possibly even become violent to their partner, resulting in a broken relationship or family home. This can result in being alone your whole life and what will people do when they're lonely? They'll drink and eventually they might become alcoholics Define Task Aim 1: I am aiming to find out the causes and effects of underage drinking. Aim 2: I am also aiming to find out if teenagers I know drink and what their attitude is like about drinking but especially underage drinking Outcome 1: To determine the causes and effects of underage drinking Outcome 2: To determine if I know of any underage drinkers and what their view is on the subject Consider Relevant Factors ...read more.

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