Teenage drinking becomes the youth’s means of leisure’s, especially those who are studying. Even high school students are already used to drinking, during break time, week ends or the so called “Saturday night fever”. This usually happens when peer groups join together, go bar hopping or simply in small bars just to while away the time.
What causes teenage drinking?
The life of a teenager is a period of mixed emotions, thoughts, and adjustment. This is the period where they starts to join groups and pressured by their peers.
And this is the period which is considered difficult to handle by their parents. A rebellious stage for teenagers that makes it hard to understand what they want from their lives.
Sometimes, teenager drinks because they always see their parents drinks. Over a period of time, parents drinking have a great effect on the teenage mind, resulting to drinking as a way to escape reality.
Other cause of teenage drinking is due to love problem. Often times when they faced a relationship problem, they resort to drinking to forget the temporary break up or worries that their relationship would end.
With the increase in teenage drinking, every day there are almost death due to vehicular accidents and this will continue if left unchecked by parents.
Study shows that drinking related death toll each year rose to 5000 and about one fourth of these accidents are due to drunkenness. In 2005 alone, 12 teens ages 16 – 19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries and more than 1,700 college students, between the ages of 18 – 24, get injured due to direct result of alcohol abuse.
According the NHTSA report, 31 percent of teen drivers killed in 2006 had been caused by drinking alcohol and 25 percent had a blood alcohol concentration of.08 or higher.
Additionally, every two hours a teenager dies from an alcohol related accident – an alarming situation.
There should be something that needs to be done by the government, the school, parents and the community as a whole to curve this teenage drinking habit.
Suggested measures to control teenage drinking habit
Education. It’s the duty of all involves especially parents and the school to teach the kids at an early age. One-on-one counseling by parents to the kids are critical to the well-being of their future. They should be given the right advice not to deal a single shot with alcohol because it’s dangerous to get used to it.
Teens should be given more attention in their early stage and parents are the main actors for their safety and security. They should coordinate with school authorities, communities and other core groups responsible for teens welfare.
A well coordinated efforts by these group of authorities focusing towards the teenagers future could form a solid plan that would be used as a guide to make the future of these teenagers more productive and useful to the society.