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Christina Green Written Assignment #2 Substance Use/Abuse Soc.391W – Intro to Social Work As a senior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, I have observed alcohol and drug use among my peers and closest friends on a day to day basis for the past three years. These behaviors were apparent to me in high school, as I was surrounded by drinking on the weekends. I have found that the patterns of drinking and drug use I observed in my high school years have carried over through college, and it saddens me to watch my peers waste away into an addiction they have yet to believe they may face. The first time I got “drunk” with my peers was when I was fourteen years old. It was the fall of my freshmen year of high school, and I was in a phase of much insecurity as I was struggling to create my own identity as well as fit in with my peers. I found that my use of alcohol at that age was out of curiosity and need to feel accepted. I believe that the girls that were partaking in these actions with me were doing it for the same reasons. It was not until recently that I have figured out that all of my girl friends were insecure as well, and a major reason they (and I) began abusing alcohol was to fit in with the popular boys at school. The boys seemed to have a different agenda, which was to “get fucked up” every weekend. This pattern of behavior is something I still observe every weekend at UMass, but amongst young adults, who society has granted independence to once they are eighteen, but who really do not know how to take good care of themselves. There is a lot of exposure to alcohol and drugs here at UMass and partying is
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 391 taught by Professor Bloise during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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