Teenage drinking is among the issues that have received respectable attention from researchers owing to its increase. In the United States as well as other countries, underage drinking has become a prevalent issue with often far-reaching consequences. Teenagers, who engage in binge drinking, are likely to be exposed to other dangers, such as psychological issues, drinking-related accidents, and violent crimes. The increased prevalence of this problem makes it imperative to understand contributing factors, which can help in policy formulation. There are various factors that may increase the chances of teenagers engaging in binge drinking. Some of the factors are socioeconomic, which can be altered to dissuade teenagers from abusing alcohol. Binge drinking can be caused by various personal, social, and economic factors; the practice may have substantial effects on the lives of teenagers, which may even lead to death.
Peer pressure is a leading cause of binge drinking. Most high school students, who engage in binge drinking, are usually in the company of others. Peers have a significant influence on teenage behavior (Kemp 49). Individuals who deviate from certain behaviors considered ‘cool’ by teenagers are likely to be influenced to join to avoid being left out. Teenage drinking has become very common to the extent that they may consider it part of their life. Most of them believe that drinking will give them a good feeling with no regard to the potential effects it may have on their lives. Binge drinking with peers makes them have the impression that they are engaging in ‘normal’ behavior. Some of them are driven into drinking habit out of curiosity from stories narrated to them by friends.
The other cause that may increase the prevalence of binge drinking is low parental supervision or parenting issues. Parents play a leading role in shaping the behavior of their children. Lack of appropriate parental supervision may create room for teenagers to engage in unwanted behaviors, such as binge drinking (Nelson 229). Parenting issues, such as severe or inconsistent parental discipline, may increase the chances of teenagers engaging in binge drinking. For example, teenagers who receive severe punishment from their parents may develop psychological issues that may compel them to engage in drinking. Some teenagers view drinking as an effective way of reducing stress, but it may eventually create additional stress.
Inconsistent discipline by parents may also make it easier for teenagers to engage in binge drinking. Some parents focus on economic activities that leave little time to spend with their children (Nelson 229). Teenagers need to understand that their behaviors have consequences. Inconsistency in discipline gives the teenagers hope of getting away with unwanted behavior. Some parents may be involved in binge drinking, which makes it difficult for them to control their children’s behavior. A teenager from a family with a history of drug or...