Peer pressure is one of the oldest and probably one of the main factors why students do “un-cool” things. Unfortunately, hundreds of students are being pressured daily to participate in selling drugs and drinking alcoholic beverages. We as Americans must take action to stop this unnatural influence. We either address the issue of peer pressure among students or we simply watch our children slowly deteriorate. This issue is a national crisis and must be solved as such.
Currently, students at an early age are being pressured to do things against their will. Statistics shows that over ninety percent of students who are pressured by their peers to use drugs or sell other narcotic substances begin as early as age nine. For example, Ron, an eleven-year-old boy, is introduced to drugs from his friends. Ron, of course, is not interested at first but because of his peers persisting, bullying, and name calling, he eventually gives in to the pressure. Unfortunately, Ron, now an adult, is in jail serving three years for possession of crack-cocaine.
Likewise, alcoholism can be just as devastating to society as drug abuse especially to the young. For instance, John, an inspiring athlete, honor roll student, and “Mr. Popular,” knows from the onset that he is genetically prone to alcoholism. However, he wants to maintain his popularity by attending parties and other social events where alcohol is not only present but very prevalent. He takes his first drink at age fifteen because it is the “thing” to do. At the same time, it creates his addiction. This addiction leads to driving while drunk and his fate---killing a prominent family of four. This is one of many unfortunate endings peer pressure has on society.
There is no quick-fix solution to peer pressure, but it certainly lends itself to questions. Where are the parents? Why are children not allowed to be children? When parents really get involved in children