Is the Consumption of Wine Common Among Adolescents?
Underage drinking in the United States is an on-going problem, and alcohol is the most widely used substance among the youth of America. Many young Americans are introduced to wine, and this usually occurs with parents introducing their children to wine when they become of age or even before. Underage drinking can result in aggressive behavior, property damage, injuries, violence, and deaths, which impact families and communities throughout the United States. A standard drink of wine in the United States is considered 5 ounces of wine with about 12% alcohol by volume. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, by the age of 15, 33% of teens will have had their first drink. By the age of 18, about 60% have had at least one drink, and in 2015, 7.7 million young people ages 12 to 20 reported they drank more alcohol beyond just a few sips. 11% of the alcohol consumed in the United States is drunk by people ages 12 through 20, and despite youth drinking less often than adults, they tend to binge drink more, which includes wine. The drinking problems among adolescents do vary by age and gender, and based on data that was collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between 2006 and 2010 showed that alcohol was a factor for over 4000 young people dying because of it.
Alcohol, such as wine will impair the user's judgment when it is used in excess, and drinking wine in excess can lead to poor decisions being made, risky behavior and aggressive or violent behavior. Young people tend to drink because as they mature, they will begin to assert their independence, seek new challenges, and take risks. Unfortunately, underage drinking is a risk that attracts many developing adolescents and teens. Many adolescents want to try alcohol such as wine, because they may see their parents drink wine, or they may want to try alcohol because of peer pressure, stress, or an increased dependency. Parents can prevent underage drinking, and this can be done effectively by providing accurate information about what alcohol is, and how it can impact the mind and body. Parents play an important role in how their children view alcohol. Despite wine being such a socially accepted drink all throughout America, it is important to lead by example and ensure young people around those who are drinking are using it responsibly.