It is five o'clock on a Friday night and classes are over for the weekend. The options for this evening are the kegger down the street, drinking at the bonfire, or sneaking into a bar with a fake ID. This can be a normal weekend for an underage drinker. Underage alcohol consumption can be very common in the weekly routine for many students. There are many different types of drinkers and reasons for their drinking habits. Some people may drink for social reasons and others may have an alcohol problem. Underage alcohol consumption is serious among students in high school and college; it can cause health issues, and legal problems. Alcohol can be very addictive and excessive consumption could be detrimental to a person in numerous ways.
Alcohol abuse is defined as the excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic drinks. Alcohol abuse is common among all ages. Alcohol abuse affects people ranging from young adults to the elderly. Their reasoning for drinking may all differ, but they still have the same serious issue in their life. Alcohol abuse on average has become an issue among high school and college students. A study was completed by Drew Cochran Law in, “Drew Cochran Law Provides Tips on Preventing Teen Binge Drinking” he states “In a release on September 21, the Company noted that there are 11 million underage drinkers in the U.S., and 7.2 million of these teens and preteens are binge drinking” (1). Alcohol can be an epidemic in high school; some students may do it for fun or because of peer pressure from other students. Prepartying and drinking game playing is common among high school and college students. Joseph W. Labrie, states “An Examination of Prepartying and Drinking Game Playing during High School and their Impact on Alcohol-Related Risk upon Entrance into College,” states. “Prepartying is the consumption of alcohol prior to attending a planned event or activity at which more alcohol may or may not be consumed” (999)....
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