Our research indicates that the average age a person first tries alcohol is now Alcohol can have serious effects on developing brains and bodies, as well as leaving teenagers vulnerable to unsafe situations. Drinking alcohol is seen as something teenagers are expected to do as part of growing up but starting to drink so young is more damaging than many teenagers realise.
Jakob Engberg Petersen during a drinking spree in the early 00s. All images courtesy of Jakob Engberg Petersen, unless otherwise indicated. At 25, a typical Monday morning for me would involve lying on my living room floor in a shitty little apartment in Nordvest, on the outskirts of Copenhagen.
Although addiction to alcohol is often thought of as an adult issue, teenage alcoholism is a very real and common problem. Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance globally, including by individuals under the age of Over half of Americans between 12 and 20 years old have experimented with alcohol, and 1 in 5 teenagers become heavy drinkers.
Alcohol is a substance that is accessible by all adults in the United States over the age of It is a popular beverage that is on menus at restaurants, available at sporting events and concerts, and is even regularly present in the home environment. Because it is so easily obtained, it is also one of the substances that is abused most often by teens. The teen and college years are the most common and dangerous years for teens to become addicted to alcohol.
Underage drinking is the most common form of substance abuse among today's teens and it raises many serious risks to both health and safety. The transition into puberty is well known as a time of risk taking as adolescents push their boundaries and clamor for acceptance from their peers, and alcohol is easily obtained and can be quickly consumed. In fact, about 90 percent of teen drinking is considered binge drinking due to the speed and quantity of consumption.
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The Youth Risk Behavior Survey 7 found that among high school students, during the past 30 days. In general, the risk of youth experiencing these problems is greater for those who binge drink than for those who do not binge drink. Reducing underage drinking will require community-based efforts to monitor the activities of youth and decrease youth access to alcohol. Recent publications by the Surgeon General 1 and the Institute of Medicine 5 outlined many prevention strategies for the prevention of underage drinking, such as enforcement of minimum legal drinking age laws, national media campaigns targeting youth and adults, increasing alcohol excise taxes, reducing youth exposure to alcohol advertising, and development of comprehensive community-based programs.
Print version. Alcohol is the drug of choice among youth. Many young people are experiencing the consequences of drinking too much, at too early an age.
The first week of senior year for most high school students means seeing old friends, figuring out new class schedules, and feeling the excitement of doing every high school thing for the last time. The night before her parents pulled her out of school to admit her to a day in-patient drug and alcohol treatment program, Regan had run away from home. With nowhere to go, hiding in a bush and covered in poison ivy, she made her way to a local fire station where she called her parents. The next day her life would change forever.