This essay has been developed to discuss the increasing alcohol problem in young people in Britain, also to raise the reasons behind why young people drink and suggest possible solutions for the young people of today and to also carry on to the next generation.
One of the main reasons for young people to use alcohol is peer pressure, this is when young people socialise with their friends and feels they cannot say no in fear of being left out.
Other reasons could be what goes on in their home environment, it is estimated that 1.3 million children are affected by their parents alcohol problems, Also boredom, many young people feel they have to drink for something to do or to even block out problems they are having i.e. bullying or some other kind of abuse, whether this is at home or school.
Roll model’s like pop stars and movie stars could also be making alcohol seem attractive seeing stars appear in papers and on television falling out of bars late at night into taxis would perhaps look like good fun to the younger person.
Some may also believe that young people have too much money to spend on alcohol, also fruity drinks known as alcopops are reasonably cheap and catch the eye with their bright colours and wide advertisement, also these drinks can be high in alcohol content which means it will get young inexperienced drinkers intoxicated quick at a low pocket money cost.
It has been reported that girls in Britain are the worst in Europe for binge drinking this may also be the reason for the large amount of unplanned pregnancies.
Parents being too strict and banning alcohol from teenagers can lead to them drinking outside unsupervised and parents who are too lenient can also be encouraging heavy drinking without realising the dangers.
Approximately 5000 young adults die each year from alcohol; this can be from suicide as alcohol acts like a depressant making their own mental problems seem far worse than they actually are. Alcohol is also the root cause of car crashes, accidents at home like fire or drowning or simply falling.
Alcohol makes most people act very differently maybe more aggressive than usual which can lead to violence or other crimes.
If there was more for young people to do like youth clubs, drop in centres or attractive venues at low cost this could help young people keep off the streets and perhaps help the situation with boredom.
Schools could also be helping with more education on the effects in alcohol especially for when they get older and try to get a job, there could be an alcoholics anonymous councillor at the school...