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In addition to this disease running in their families, some of the adolescents engage is the consumption of alcohol through risk taking. This can be seen as the developmental stage in theirlives where the young brain is having the youngsters participate in potentially dangerous situations, causing them to act impulsively. Another reason is from peer pressure. During the teenage years, children want to fit in to certain groups and depending on the group, they may be expected to act a certain way. While some of this behavior is negative, the need to fit in or submit to the pressure of the rest of the group can lead them drinking and sometimes over-
ADOLESCENT ALCOHOLISM4indulging themselves in alcohol. This can also be looked at as an environmental factor as to whythey are drinking. If the teenager is exposed to external sources of alcohol like partying or being bombarded with peer pressure, then their environment will definitely have contributing factors topossible alcoholism. There is also the hereditary aspect of alcoholism as well. For example, being a child of an alcoholic or having several alcoholic family members places a person at greater risk for alcohol problems. Children of alcoholics are between 4 and 10 times more likely to become alcoholics themselves than are children who have no close relatives with alcoholism (U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, 2012).Additionally, there are other issues that adolescent alcohol abuse can lead to. There are the negative social impacts. A recent study conducted on middle schoolers (11-14 years of age) has shown that the early introduction of alcohol into their lives has introduced several problems. There are the associated academic problems in school, often caused by absenteeism and memory retention issues. This behavior can also lead to poor mental health issues as their brains develop into adulthood along with the already mentioned likelihood of alcohol abuse in the future as well as experimentation and possible addiction to other substances (D’Amico, Tucker, Miles, Ewing, Shih, & Pedersen, 2016).