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Drinking has always been a problem for teenagers, particularly for the past few years. Research shows that over 60% of high school seniors drink at least once a week

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Alcohol Drinking has always been a problem for teenagers, particularly for the past few years. Research shows that over 60% of high school seniors drink at least once a week, although the law does not make drinking legal until age 21. In reality, kids are drinking at increasingly younger ages. The question is why do teens use alcohol when they know it's forbidden? Students give various reasons; with most saying they drink for enjoyment, to be accepted by friends, to forget problems, and to reduce stress in their lives. During my sophomore year at Garden Grove High School, there was a friend of mine named Toni who was different from everyone else. Gifted with a photographic memory, he concentrated all his time to study and helped out other people. Including his looks and being favored by all of his teachers, he was sure that he would be very popular and well-known in high school. ...read more.

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Every time Lynn came over to my house, she always rushed things and tried to finish her homework, so she can get to work in time. Due to the fact that she did not receive enough sleep at night, Lynn always had bags under her eyes. As time flew by, she became tired of school and work, so she told her friend Christine to take her to a club to drink the night away. Christine, as a drinker herself, persuaded Lynn that drinking was the only solution to relieve stress. Ignoring her conscience, Lynn decided to try a can. At first, it tasted awful; however, she felt a little relax and her stress began to ease away. Each day, Lynn consumed a little bit more until she became addicted. Therefore, her grades began to drop steadily, and she rarely showed up to work. While partying with her friend, she passed out from too much drinking. ...read more.

Conclusion

My mom's point had been proven when I witnessed my genius friend-Toni and cousin-Lynn threw away their lives and futures just for their friends' acceptance, and to reduce the stress in their lives. Teenagers, desiring to be accepted into the popular group of friends and yearning to forget their worries, turn to alcohol to satisfy themselves. However, alcohol does not make them special nor does it relieve their worries. My dad, Toni, and Lynn's experiences helped me see the effects of alcohol and the consequences of excessive drinking. Being at a time where they need to feel acceptance and control, teenagers choose to drink, believing that it will not only free them from parental dictation, but also gain them the approval of their peers. However, their choice does not show their independence because they are really following their peers' influence. Instead of enabling themselves to get away from their worries, they create more problems for themselves. With all the troubles that I know drinking cause, I, Yen Nguyen, will never turn to alcohol for any solutions to my problems. ...read more.

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