For many years drugs and alcohol has been part of many lives of Americans and people around the world, but what about the effects it has on us? The addiction to drugs and alcohol usually start from peer pressure at a young age. In the 21st century it is considered “cool” to do these types of things and if you don’t fall into the same track you are considered “lame”. Our generation is so stuck on the idea of “fitting in” that is had led to a rapid increase of deaths each caused by overdoses or alcohol abuse. “This survey of more than 46,000 teens—8th, 10th, and 12th graders to be exact—showed that 13% of 8th graders, 30% of 10th graders, and 40% of 12th graders say they have used a drug at least once in the past year.” States teens.drugabuse.gov. This is more than 10% of an increase in the past 10 years. Drugs lead to depression in many cases and addiction. The teenager usually starts distancing themselves from old friends and hanging with new ones that do the same exact thing. Brain cells are lost during the process also. They would find themselves doing something they usually wouldn’t do while under the influence. Same goes with alcohol. Alcohol can damage the liver, throat, and stomach along with the brain. If addicted, relationships are broken and homelessness can also happen because of money being lost from buying the drinks. “You might think that using certain drinks will help you relax and forget about the things that are causing you stress. However, changing the way the body and mind work with alcohol is a stress in itself, and you could experience tension, anxiety, paranoia and other symptoms which only increase the feelings of stress.” Says drugs.health.gov. Before taking a drug or getting into alcohol, think about the effects it has on you and ask yourself “Is it really worth it?”. Remember, don’t make a permanent decision on temporary pain.