Teenage Addiction: When Does the Line Cross From Youthfulness to Self Harm?

An Epidemic

Teenage drug and alcohol usage has grown to tremendous numbers, with 44 percent of surveyed American 12th-grade students admitting to drinking within the last 30 days and 25 percent of them admitting that they had also binge drank. With a rise in abusive usage of both of prescription medication and alcohol in the last five years, the American youth has come to struggle with addiction.






Addiction in Correlation with Negativity

With it being responsible for nearly 200,000 ER visits and 4,300 deaths among Americans under 21 annually, alcohol has proved to be detrimental to the future of teens. Both the excessive use of alcohol and marijuana have proven to be harmful to the future of young adults, with excessive drinkers under 19 accounting for 21% of high school dropouts. In short, excessive use of drugs and alcohol have proved to shift the path of teenagers, being both deadly and damaging to the young society’s future.


Why is this a Problem?

The diagnosis of early alcoholism and drug abuse is a troubling subject, as the admittance of having substance abuse is often a hard thing to admit for youths. Often treatment seems to be the least helpful option, as entering a treatment program usually means that a student’s schooling, housing situation, and independence are changed or restricted. While these fears are entirely valid, the dangers of not receiving the proper and necessary treatments have proven to have a much higher potential damage to long-term life achievement.

In fact, with only 7.3% of diagnosed drug and alcohol abusing teenagers receiving treatment in a rehabilitation facility, the neglect of awareness of the drug and alcohol abusive tendencies found in young adults has been a significant contributor to troubled youths seeking help.


If this presentation has concerned you with excessive drug or alcohol use in any way, please contribute to solving this problem by acknowledging the dangers of binge usage at such a young age.



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  1. April 27, 2018 by brendan.gill

    I like your vocals. This is so sad, and such an important story to tell. I think it would be helpful to know where to go if you are seeking help for an addiction, or if you want to help a friend.

  2. April 27, 2018 by brooke

    The graph really express how drastic drug and alcohol use has affected peoples’ lives, and the statistics don’t even take into account those who have addiction problems who are not seeking treatment. This issue is one that needs to be addressed, and the example of the drunk driving accident is only one reason among many for necessary change.

  3. May 05, 2018 by Kelsey.Watkins

    Zach I love your project and I think your topic is relevant to all teens. Now it is so easy to get caught up in thinking that the risky behaviors teens take part in are “normal” and that its just a part of growing up, and while that might be partly true, It is important to realize when there is a problem. great job! I truly learned a lot from your presentation.

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