When it comes to adolescent drinking, a lot of teens have weak perceptions of its risks. This is why a seemingly “normalization” of underage drinking is slowly influencing the youth today. In the study, an alarming 45% of the teen population do not even see the dangers of drinking at a very young age that they consider heavy alcohol intake an everyday occurrence. The same population also confirms that at least seven out of ten of their peers practice drinking at least once a week, and most of them do not feel any displeasure knowing friends their age get drunk.
The top reasons why young kids drink are related to troubles in the family and in school. Aside from the thought that drinking is fun, they do it just so they could forget their problems at home or cope with the pressures and stress they encounter in school.
The problem of teen drinking is a very serious issue that families and the community would have to deal with. It would be better if adolescents are discouraged from the vice especially when they are below 15 years old. Studies have already shown that those who began drinking early in life also developed problems with alcohol in their adult life.
For Mr. Dennis White, President and CEO of MetLife Foundation, the findings of their study should serve as wake up calls for parents. “We encourage parents and caregivers to pay attention to the warning signs of teen drinking and other drug use, in order to intervene early and effectively. If you suspect a problem, do not wait to get help for a child who is struggling with substance abuse or addiction.”