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Teenage Alcohol and Drug Abuse

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by Lauren Williams on 27 October 2013

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Transcript of Teenage Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Teenage Alcohol and Drug Abuse
How can Teenage substance abuse affect our community?
Teen substance abuse can have a negative affect on our community wellness.
How We Can Help
Teens need encouragement from other members of our community, and help from specialists such as school counselors. Teens should be able to turn to leaders in our community like school principles, police, parents, and teachers. Having ready support will help our teens with this problem.
Why do teens abuse drugs and alcohol?
Many teens, not just in our community, feel pressure when it comes to drugs or alcohol. Maybe they see kids in their schools that abuse these substances, and teens think they have to do the same thing to be "cool." Some teens think that drugs and alcohol can help them feel better if they're going through a hard time. It's our community's job to change teens' way of thinking.
A True Story
A girl named Samantha shared her story shared her story on drugfreeworld.org
"When I was 13, friends would make fun of me if I didn't have a drink. I just gave in because it was easier to join the crowd."
Samantha's violence and abuse of alcohol eventually led to her being kicked out of the house at age 16.
Family
When teens abuse substances they often become irritable and don't have clear thought processes. This can affect the family atmosphere, leading to fights, arguments, and even separation of family members.
Community
Teens that abuse alcohol can have a negative effect on out community. If teens are drinking and driving, they can cause accidents that can harm or kill others. This is a danger in communities like ours where lots of kids have cars of their own.
This can happen to anyone!
Stories like this aren't uncommon around the world, and some similar things happen in our community. We need to help our teenagers so that their substance abuse doesn't affect our community wellness.
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