The purpose of this essay is to give a brief summary of a health promotion on young adults and alcohol. Further describing key concepts of health and well-being and how this affects individuals (WHO, 2005) and those around them. How alcohol can be a devastating factor on people and society, and the costs to the National Health Service (NHS). Also how the government has responded with health campaigns and new laws to stop teenagers drinking alcohol.
The harmful use of alcohol generally originates from young people who binge drink (WHO, 2011). Alcohol abuse is different from alcoholism as this stems from craving alcohol at all times (helpguide, 2011). Young people who binge drink risk serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, brain damage, type two diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver which may lead to death (NHS, 2010). Young people who binge drink find their ability affected in their decision making process and control impulses and can quite often lead to risk of injury and may become implicated in violence or become a victim of violence (BBC, 2011).
The laws surrounding alcohol prohibits the sale of alcohol to under eighteen’s but they are allowed to drink at home (Directgov, 2011). The Police have the powers to stop people under the age of eighteen if they think they have alcohol and confiscate it (Directgov, 2011). Most teenagers apprehended with alcohol have claimed they had an adult buy alcohol on their behalf which is also illegal (Directgov, 2011). Roughly 14 per cent of 12- to 13-year-olds and 33 per cent of 14- to 15-year-olds have drunk alcohol illegally, rising to 62 per cent of 16- to 17-year-olds (Bostock, 2008). Family may be an influence on children drinking alcohol as children sometimes inherit drinking patterns from their parents, it is legal for a child over the age of five to drink alcohol at home (CAB, 2011)
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