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Underage Drinking

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Underage Drinking
Are you aware of the dangers associated with underage drinking?
Big Question:
Why do teenagers continue to abuse alcohol despite knowledge of the dangers associated with it?
Relevance as a Social Issue:
Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in Canada
The age bracket of 15 to 29 was found to be Canada's most unhealthy drinkers
Has multiple repercussions
Hypothesis:
Teenagers of today's society abuse alcohol most often in a group setting in order to feel as if they fit into the group and often because they succumb to peer pressure. The convenience and accessibility to alcohol as well as family influence are major contributors to teenage alcohol abuse.
Discipline:
Sociology
Conducted in groups
Influenced by others
"Binge Drinking Is a Serious Problem for Underage Drinkers"
Author: Emily Listfield
Discloses alarming reality of underage drinking
"For many teens, the point is to get as drunk as possible, as quickly and cheaply as possible"
Discusses extreme drinking accounts
"Heavy Episodic Drinking In Early Adulthood and Outcomes In Midlife"
Cause and Effect? Your Parents and Your Choices
"Underage Drinking May Have Long Term Effects"
Author: Emily Steele
Prevalence in today's society
Potential consequences and punishments

Primary Research:
Conducted 61 surveys
Males and Females from grades 9-12
From these results, we were able to observe a variety of trends both supporting and challenging our hypothesis
Peer Pressure
Participation In Underage Drinking

parents
peer pressure
dangers

Beginning at a younger age
The adolescent brain is much more sensitive to alcohol toxicity than adults', including being vulnerable to cell death and studies indicate a potential for permanent memory impairment
Can cause alterations in the structure and function of the developing brain, which continues to mature into the mid- to late twenties, and may have consequences reaching far beyond adolescence
Leads to increased risk across the lifespan for acute consequences and for medical problems such as cancers of the oral cavity, larynx, pharynx, and esophagus; liver cirrhosis; pancreatitis; and hemorrhagic stroke
http://globalnews.ca/video/1372234/new-survey-highlights-regular-alcohol-use-among-high-school-students
Actual Effects
Discussion Questions
Do you think that teenagers with parents who are lenient about underage drinking are more or less likely to drink than those with strict parents?
Do you think changing the legal drinking age would have an effect on the number of people who drink underage?
REA$ON$ TO FUND
Proper education to guide teenagers towards making smart decisions
Multiple foundations discussing issues related to alcohol but rarely pertaining solely to drinking.
Interview
22nd Division Police Station
Do you think underage drinking is a serious problem in this community?
Do you think law enforcement officers aggressively enforce drinking laws? Why or why not?
Are there any barriers to effective enforcement of underage drinking laws? If yes, what are they and how can they be overcome?
What additional support do you need to enforce underage drinking laws?
Do you think legal consequences for underage drinking offenses are sufficient?
Who do you think is most responsible for the underage drinking problem?
Does your agency provide alcohol education in the schools? If yes, do you think this is effective?
What is your recommended solution for the underage problem?
Conclusion
Our view of peer pressure as a factor changed from active peer pressure to passive peer pressure.
Although all of the factors in our hypothesis proved to be true, we found that a lack of education also played a significant role in the consumption of alcohol while underage.
Data Analysis:
Survey
Author: Sara Aase
If your friends parents are inconsistent with your parents you are more likely to drink
What are the factors that influence underage drinking?

-Peer Pressure
-Influence of friends
-Environment (eg. party)
-To be cool
-Media
-Fun
-Stress
- Curiosity
- Family
-Depression
-Excitement
-Amusement
-You want to
-How you were raised

Authors: Frank Sloan, Daniel Grossman, and Alyssa Platt.

Heavy drinking at ages 17-25 was associated with higher rates of alcohol dependence and abuse at a 10 year follow up
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