The Consumption Of Alcohol By Young People In Britain

1567 words - 6 pages

This assignment has been developed to discuss the consumption of alcohol in young people in Britain, and to suggest possible solutions for the young people of today and to also carry onto the next generation. I will also research why young people feel the need to drink and what attracts them to alcohol, also this assignment will look into who is more susceptible to drinking alcohol, this could be male or female also the health risks to heavy or binge drinking, and what can be done to prevent binge drinking.

One of the most common reasons for young people to drink alcohol is to experiment and to also satisfy their curiosity on the effects of alcohol and to feel grownup.
(Quoted below by Newburn & Shiner, 2000)
“12-13 year olds start tentatively experimenting with alcohol
usually within the family environment this reflects a desire
especially in boys to move on from child status.
16 17 year olds have moved on from experimentation and see
themselves as more responsible drinkers, with an awareness of
their own limits. They are more open with their parents about drinking
and see their drinking behaviour as a sign of maturity and experience
by drinking more like adults”


Also parent’s alcohol problems at home may encourage young people to drink as this would possibly appear normal, “it is estimated that 800 000 to 1.3 million school-age children are effected by their parents’ drinking” (Mary Helen Spooner 2003). Also role models like television and music stars appearing to be intoxicated in news papers may also be appealing to the younger person as these people are idolised by teenagers (Telegraph 2008).
Peer pressure is also large problems in young people consuming alcohol; young people like to fit in with friends or groups of people to feel and look popular and also the fear of being left out (J Honess et al). Boredom is another reason for young people to drink as this gives them something to do.
There are also health issues with Binge drinking like liver damage it has been found that some young people who drink alcohol have some degree of liver abnormalities and overweight or obese young people are more susceptible of elevated liver enzymes or also known as elevated transaminases (Stauss, RS et al 2000.).
It has been found that girls drink more than boys; this could be the root problem for unwanted pregnancies in young girls,
“UK – Proportion of 15/16 year-olds who reported being drunk 3 times or more during the last 30 days (2003)
Boys Girls
22% 25%
UK – Proportion reporting binge drinking 3 times or more during the last 30 days (2003)
Boys Girls
26% 29%
UK – Proportion who have been drunk at age of 13 or...

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