New Zealanders are known for being big drinkers, with alcohol being the most widely and popular used recreation drug in New Zealand. Alcohol is popular and widely used, making society overlook the harm it does and the risks that are related with consuming alcohol, therefore we do not considered alcohol a drug. In today’s generation of teenagers, which includes every one of us in this classroom, we have been statistically shown to more likely drink more amounts of alcohol than any other generation before us and that were starting even earlier than any other generation before us.
For men, drinking 5 or more drinks in a row and for women drinking four or more drinks in a row is what we call binge drinking. Binge drinking is also drinking to get drunk, these characteristics represent many teenagers today. Many people binge drink to be socially accepted into a group. Other people find it difficult to make the choice to be the sober individual, and many binge drinkers realize that there is little influence to push them away from the problem.
In today’s society having a few drinks with family or friends is known to be having a good time. Having the ability to drink a lot gains the respect of your peers, those that throw up after a few drinks are separated from the group for example more often than not the guy who downs a jug of beer will gain more respect than the guy who throw up a shot of burbon.
Peer pressure is a major issue when thinking about the growing rate of binge drinkers. In this generation teenagers have a higher chance of alcohol to them, friends and family members are more willing to buy it for them, and the sense that drinking with your mates will gain you respect is a part of a teens life. We may see drinking as having a good time, but we are often blind to the harm it causes.
January 9, 2018
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