Alcohol and the Younger Generation – a Bomb Waiting to Explode


Teenagers who drink face plenty of problems later on in life, including social, health, and economic. Alcohol is a known depressant that slows down the central nervous system. Alcohol blocks messages attempting to reach the brain and causes changes in perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing. A person who drinks a lot experiences profound changes in the brain, leading to a state of intoxication. A drunk person shows obvious signs of overdoing the alcohol – staggering, loss of coordination, slurred speech, confusion, and disorientation. Some people get exceptionally friendly while others become unpleasantly aggressive while reaction times slow down considerably.

Those who drink vast volumes of alcohol over a short time can get alcohol poisoning, characterized by violent vomiting, extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, impaired breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures, and, in severe cases, death.

It is important to understand WHY teens drink. Common motives include curiosity, stress reduction, a desire to fit in, and desire to feel older. They are exposed daily to ongoing messages about alcohol being glamorous and normal because everyone seems to be drinking, especially adults everywhere they go and in all media images and on all social media channels. Teens therefore think that alcohol is cool and harmless!



Individuals must make informed decisions regarding drinking alcohol because there can be severe consequences:

  • Legal Consequences: Drinking poses a risk of legal issues, with potential arrests and an increased likelihood of fights and crimes.
  • Academic and Performance Impact: Regular drinking can adversely affect academic performance and sports coordination.
  • Social Implications: Alcohol consumption may lead to embarrassing or risky behavior, negatively impacting one’s social image.
  • Health Risks: Teen drinkers are more prone to engaging in risky behaviors, such as unprotected sex, leading to potential health issues, accidents, and fatalities.



Teens who do not want to drink can use excuses like:

  • I don’t want to drink, it’s my choice.
  • My parents are on their way and I have to go now.
  • I have been in trouble before for drinking s,o no thanks.

Teens can also plan activities with friends that do not involve alcohol such as sports, hikes, swimming and watching movies. They can make plans to be able to leave parties where alcohol is being abused and they can participate in creative and fun activities that help others, animals and the environment. In these ways, it is easier not to drink and to make a success of life.

The Rising Concern of Alcohol Consumption Amongst Young People

Understanding WHY teenagers drink is crucial. Is it an escape from stress, a misguided attempt at coping with mental health challenges, or a consequence of societal norms? Unraveling these complexities lays the groundwork for targeted interventions.

  • Statistics Don’t Lie: Studies and surveys paint a vivid picture of a rising trend in alcohol consumption among young individuals. The statistics aren’t mere figures; they represent a societal shift that demands our attention.
  • Peer Pressure and Societal Influences: The desire to fit in, to be part of the crowd, often propels young people toward experimenting with alcohol. Understanding these external factors is pivotal in formulating effective strategies for intervention.
  • The Impact on Health: From potential damage to developing brains to an increased risk of accidents and injuries, the health consequences of excessive alcohol consumption cast a shadow on the supposed allure of the bottle.
  • Educational Implications: The correlation between heavy drinking and academic performance is a legitimate concern. It’s not just about the immediate impairment caused by intoxication but also the long-term impact on cognitive abilities and decision-making skills.
  • Community and Parental Roles: Open conversations, awareness campaigns, and the creation of support networks can create a protective shield, fostering an environment where healthier choices are encouraged and embraced.
  • Policy and Regulation: Are existing policies effective in curbing underage drinking? Are there loopholes that need tightening? Exploring the efficacy of legal frameworks is essential for creating a safer environment for the youth.

The Impact of Underage Drinking

It is a fact that underage drinking poses significant risks to the youth including health, welfare, and danger. Those who drink early in life are statistically more likely to cause problems in their lives:

  • School Problems: Higher rates of absences and lower grades.
  • Social Issues: Involvement in fights or a lack of participation in youth activities.
  • Legal Troubles: Arrests related to driving or causing harm while intoxicated.
  • Physical Consequences: Hangovers, illnesses, and disruptions to normal growth and sexual development.
  • Unintended Consequences: Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity.
  • Violence: Both physical and sexual violence.
  • Increased Risks: Higher susceptibility to suicide, homicide, alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, and unintentional injuries such as burns, falls, or drowning.
  • Cognitive Impacts: Memory problems and changes in brain development with potential lifelong effects.
  • Substance Misuse: Increased likelihood of misusing other substances.
  • Life-threatening Situations: Alcohol poisoning.

Research shows that these issues are worse for those who binge drink and teenagers who drink often develop alcohol use disorders later in life. There is also a clear link between underage drinking behaviors and those of adult family members and community members who drink around youngsters in the same area.

Prevention is key and measures can include increasing alcohol taxes, enforcing laws against alcohol sales to minors, and regulating the number and concentration of alcohol outlets. The best influence on a child is parental wisdom, of course, so education is key, and introducing children to active healthy lifestyles and interests early on will motivate them to stay that way.

Underage drinking causes obvious health risks while young bodies are at the peak of their development. Potential long-term damages include cancer of the mouth and throat, sexual and mental health problems (including depression and suicidal thoughts), liver cirrhosis, and heart disease. Moreover, alcohol consumption during adolescence can impair brain development, with consequences showing up later in life.

Those who do stop drinking realise that they were lured by the false promise of alcohol. Those who remain trapped, become the ones who deceive themselves and all those around them! The choice is yours!

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