Research Paper.docx - Estrada 1 Johnny Estrada Professor Mirakyan English 101 December 7 2019 Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Young Adults in the

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Estrada 1 Johnny Estrada Professor Mirakyan English 101 December 7, 2019 Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Young Adults in the United States Alcohol is present in many lives, and is used to celebrate parties and socialize. However, Alcohol Consumption has effects on everyone, especially if they start drinking at a vulnerable age. Ignoring the potential negative effects that alcohol consumption contains will start to add up to one’s life as they age. The earlier the introduction of alcohol to someone, the worse the problems that it brings may be. Alcohol consumption in young adults continues to pose a problem due to possible individual upbringing and societal pressure that may cause young adults to turn to alcohol. The risks of consumption include the potential risk of alcoholism, stunting in brain development, and impaired judgement. The damages in health that comes with alcohol consumption differs slightly by gender, race/ethnicity, and age. The National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, found that “Young Adults ages 18-25 were at particularly high risk of alcohol use disorder and unintentional injury caused by drinking" (Delkir, Erin, et al). Findings that were found suggest significant variability in alcohol consumption among racial/ethnic groups. Even beyond the various ethnic groups, there is variability between and among multiple subpopulations. Though data may show which racial and ethnic groups may be more prevalent in drinking, it is also important to note that there is still a high chance of young adults being at high risk of alcohol related injuries. Research was also given for the recorded difference between gender. "With respect to gender, men reported more
Estrada 2 alcohol consumption and binge drinking than women, especially in older cohorts” (Delker, Erin, et al). Although the statistics say many more older men drink, it does not mean that women are very unlikely to drink. Any individual, despite age, gender, or identity can become addicted to alcohol if they do not choose to drink responsibly. No matter the racial or ethnic group, or even gender, better understanding of the costs of alcohol consumption can decrease any possible risks that come with drinking. Young adults of all groups should become aware of the risks that come with alcohol consumption in order to avoid the risks altogether. More specific groups of individuals may be recorded with higher or lower drinking patterns. Heather Krieger, in her alcohol research, finds an increased consumption among college students, "Young adults in the college age range are developmentally and socially at higher risk for drinking at binge levels." Young adults are more pressured by society to start drinking and believe it to be a social norm. Young adults may also drink more in social interactions. Some may be unaware of how much they may consume when with friends or at a party, while others may be drinking more in competition or sport. Krieger continues to explain

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