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Has booze taken over our lives

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THEME: persuasive writing TARGET AGE GROUP: older teenagers (15 - 19years) BIBLIOGRAPHY: www.alcoholconcern.co.uk www.AA/underagedrinking.co.uk www.newsround/bbc.co.uk The Times Magazine 2002 - Effects of Drugs on Society Has booze taken over our lives? In the past 35 years the alcohol intake amongst young people in Britain has increased dramatically. According to Alcohol Concern more than 9m teenagers are now drinking at dangerous levels and our European neighbours see us as a country of drunken yobs. Kimberley Hatherall talks of the only people who don't think Britain has a drinking problem...the British. From the unfamiliar faces of Slough bus station come those familiar sounds. A father and young son, who have been waiting ages for the next bus to arrive, believe there is only one thing for it: "Let's go to the pub." says the father. The majority of those who board the next bus are carrying bottles of light beer, and about half of them are drunk. The high street leading to publand bears a portion of teenage boys clutching their pints of lager as though they were tickets to manhood. It's Saturday night and you can hear the primal rivalry booming from each pub. The night makes way for the urban centre to indulge in a sea of beer and Bacardi Breezers. ...read more.


Look at the example set by the prime minister's son! Nay, to young teenagers nation-wide he was merely just another victim of today's youth 'having a bit of fun'. Understandably, a quick pint can be relaxing, fun and highly enjoyable. It overcomes inhibitions and it can make a person feel more confident and perhaps more sociable when drinking. Is this the image kids see when drawn to alcohol? The effects it can have on a person's body are somewhat intriguing, and just like any other drug, after one try it's inevitable that you will soon be trying it again. Peer pressure is perhaps one of the most influential factors within a group where "everyone else is doing it". Being part of the crowd is a big problem for most teenagers and it is natural to want to be socially accepted from a very early age. And with the blas� attitude in Britain towards alcohol it is inevitable that younger and younger generations are finding drinking a worthwhile pastime. Households have inevitably changed in the last decade and conceivably discipline has too. A landlord of a local pub says, "When I used to go into pubs underage my friends and I would sit quietly in the corner and get on with it as adults would. ...read more.


"Basically, why does a Saturday night out in Lisbon, Barcelona or Lyon never have the same chaotic, threatening ring to it as London, Birmingham or Liverpool?" Whatever the reasons, the consequences are there for all to see on almost every high street in Britain. You cannot prevent teenagers from meeting alcohol but you can educate them about the right way to react with situations and be sensible about drinking. Young kids today need to wake up and realise that young bodies are just not made for drinking alcohol, there will be plenty time to start doing such things sensibly and later in life. Although the cases of alcohol abuse I have looked at are extreme, they are by no means isolated incidents. Alcohol abuse amongst youngsters is on the increase and in a society where drinking is integrated into our social culture, it is a problem with no easy solution. A spokesman for Alcoholics Anonymous has a message for young drinkers everywhere: "Alcoholism is a rough word to deal with. Yet nobody is too young to have trouble with booze. That's because alcoholism is an illness. It can hit anyone. Young, old, rich, poor, black or white. It doesn't matter how long you've been drinking or what you've been drinking. It's what the drinking does to you that counts." ...read more.

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