The consumption of alcoholic beverages during adolescence can turn into a problem.
Alcohol is the most popular drug among adolescents. Some say they drink because they enjoy the taste, or because it is something their friends do on parties. We are surrounded by a media image of alcohol as making us popular, desirable, and happy. There are also those who turn to drinking when they are worried or under stress at home or in school. Finally, there are those who drink because they saw their parents drink excessively, or to be rebellious.
For the record, I think it’s fine to drink a bit for fun, as long as it is done in moderation. It depends on the individual, and the maturity that is used to control how much to drink. Just as with any other thing that enters your body, the most important thing is to be aware of the consequences that come with deciding to drink.
Consequences of drinking alcohol:
• If you drink and drive, you can cause accidents that could be fatal for yourself or the people you hit, since alcohol affects our response time and blurs our perception. Unfortunately, car accidents are mostly frequent among youth.
• It can make you lose control over your decisions. Alcohol can lead you to having unwanted or unprotected sex. Did you know that under Ontario law, having sex with someone who is intoxicated and therefore cannot consent could be considered rape?
• It can cause you problems in school, since it affects your concentration.
• It can evolve into dependence. Some people constantly crave a drink and need lots of help to overcome an addiction. Addiction can lead to family or social problems, and deteriorate your health.
• It interferes with brain development. Adolescents are especially vulnerable to this since their brain is still developing.
• It increases the chances of being involved in violence. We often hear of someone becoming aggressive or being hit under the influence of alcohol. Thus it is very important to take care of your friend if he or she is intoxicated.
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