The age limit for alcohol is based on research showing that young people respond differently to alcohol. Teenagers get drunk twice as fast as adults, but have more difficulty knowing when to stop. Adolescents exaggerate and compulsive more often than adults. Alcohol is the drug of choice among youth. Many young people are experiencing the consequences of drinking too much, at too early an age.
Drug Use and Delinquency Response Debbie Johnson CJS/240 June 21, 2011 Kenneth Jack Breinden What is the main reason of youth drug use? Professional believe youths who are involve with elicit substance are simply alienating themselves form the cultural norms of society in order to make a statement. While other professional, on the other hand, believe those juveniles who participate experiment with drugs other than alcohol and tobacco allow themselves to fall into negative peer pressures as a result of wanting to rebel, protest, hold a degree of resistance to authority toward ones parents and administrators or obtained characteristics for unconventional behavior during their adolescence. Juveniles may use drugs as a result of insufficient parental guidance, strong family bond, supervision or the presence of physical, psychological and substance abuse within, the juvenile’s home (Steffenhagen, & Polich 2009). How does drug use relate to delinquency?
The family is implicated in the initiation, maintenance, and prevention of drug abuse by its members. Millions of teenagers are using the legal drugs on the market, as alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, and many of them are consumers of illegal substances as amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Most of these drugs will initiate in adolescents sexual relationships at earlier ages, high risk for intentional and unintentional
Then high school parents and educators will have to deal with the problem, underage drinking. Alcohol on the college campus has been a problem over the years also. Charles Clark says “officials blame underage drinking for disturbing levels of campus violence and emotional problems, as well as a large portion of traffic deaths” (underage drinking). Binge drinking is also a problem on college campuses. Binge drinking is, for men, four or more drinks in one sitting and, for women, three or more drinks in one sitting.
Why Teens Join Gangs Teenagers are often emotionally insecure and want to fit in with people who have the same mind set. Teens sometimes choose to associate with people who have a bad effect on them such as gang members. In fact, there are three major reasons why teens choose to join gangs: bad family relationships, drug addiction and influence of other teen gangsters. Perhaps the most common reason for teens to join gangs is bad family relationships. For example, some parents have arguments or fights most of the time which cause stress for their children, and sometimes parents don’t give enough time to their children.
Some common characteristics of an alcoholic may include: their drinking interferes with their family; their interpersonal relationships, the family’s well being. They exhibit poor responsible behavior they crave drinking because of a psychological and or physiological addiction, they show a loss of control pertaining to drinking.  Alcoholism is one of the most common disorders in the world today, and has been for some time. The effects of alcohol to the brain are mind altering. In Maria Gifford’s book titled, Alcoholism, she states quite simply why people drink despite all the dangers, “Drinking makes many people feel good”(Gifford, 14).
In our community's we see many young teenagers that begin to drink alcohol at an age as early as 10 years old. They want to experience it without knowing the health risk factors that are associated with alcohol. There are many problems occurring because of alcohol abuse. In America the misuse of alcohol causes many teenagers to experience alcohol poisoning, and alcohol addiction. This has continued and will continue to happen to the youth unless the Americans prevent and do something about
Addiction: Mind, Body, & Drugs An exploratory review of the psychological and physical effects of addiction through drug use James Driggars University of Phoenix Everyday many people get pressured into trying drugs or simply decide to cross the line of the taboo of society due to curiosity or, often, just plain boredom. Many people who become addicted to drugs began taking them recreationally, but in many cases, this recreational 'flight of fantasy' or 'mental escape' comes with more than the user bargained for. Unfortunately for most people, they are either unaware or uncaring of their family or ethnic background that may be markers of their predisposition for addiction. Since many drugs are considered "ok” on a trial or "for fun"
But the main reason for doing so is “breaking the law.” 87% of high school seniors have used alcohol. That means that a large quantity of teens under the age of 17 to 18 have used alcohol before. We all know the reason why teenager drink, is common since. Just the feel that they get of breaking the law is huge. Being rebel and not following the rules is an important role of a teenager life somehow.
If someone tells a little kid not to touch something, they’re going to want to know why they can’t touch it, and what’s so bad about it that they can’t play with it? People under the age of 21 are still drinking whether it is against the law or not. According to Dr. Ruth C. Engs, Professor of Applied Sciences at IU Bloomington, “Although the legal purchase age is 21, a majority of young people under this age consume alcohol, and too many of them do so in an irresponsible manner. This is largely because drinking is seen by these youth as an enticing "forbidden fruit," a "badge of rebellion against authority", and a symbol of adulthood.” According to a CBS news interview with the former president of Middlebury College in Vermont, John McCardell Jr., “This law has been an abysmal failure; it hasn’t reduced or eliminated drinking. It has simply driven it underground, behind closed doors, into the most risky and least manageable of settings.” They even talked to a police officer asking him what he thought about lowering the drinking age and he said that they have been trying to contain it, but he admitted that when they tried to punish the young adults it just drove the drinking further underground.