Sociology Experiment -Teen Drug And Alcohol Use
Have you ever used Drugs or Alcohol?
Yes No Total
34% 6% 40 participants
When asking teens this question, its surprising to see that the main choice would be that
yes, they have used. Out of 40 students, a shocking minimum of 6 teens have not used.
Not specifying what drug or the participant’s name, students were able to be honest in
their answers. Although this is a positive thing, it is not positive that the results leaned so
drastically toward the answer “Yes”. Though this may be something not unheard of, it
During the survey, students joked and laughed about the situation, as if it were no big
deal. Some insisted that their friends sign “Yes”, saying that they couldn’t deny their
previous usage. Some students seemed nervous and asked questions on whether or not
they would get caught and the legibility of the survey. Some students even proudly
specified what drug they had used and how many times. Only one student boasted her
status of having never used drugs or alcohol. Apparently students do not see any threat in
their experimentation and addictions. Perhaps it is due to the lack of education on the use
of drugs and alcohol, or could it be that usage comes from an indirect rebellion against
parents and adult figures? It is obvious that they have learned about the risks plenty of
times throughout their lives, so why do they do it anyway?
A misunderstanding has clearly happened here. Through media, surroundings and
backgrounds, students have resolved to put their frustrations to rest through a bottle or the
end of a cigarette. Some possibly do it because their friends do it. Are these the real
reasons? I cannot really know the truth, but I can observe it and wonder what its all
about. Being a drug-free teen myself, I can’t see what the draw is. Because of my
uprising, I have witnessed the results of abusing drugs and alcohol. I have always
haven’t had the ambition to try out these things for myself. I’ve seen what drugs can do to
Some teens really do believe that drugs cannot hurt them, and that nothing really is bad
about drugs. Being youths today, maybe teens believe that they are invincible, and that
they will never be hurt by their addictions.
I honestly wish that they could see the truth about drugs for themselves, and that they
could make the right choice. But these things cannot always be granted. Teens do drugs;
it seems like an obvious fact now. Perhaps if I had asked different students, my results
would not be so bad. The results would still show the truth though, that cannot be
disguised. Maybe it is because our town is so small and isolated, that teens think that they
have no future to look forward to anyway. What could they accomplish?
Perhaps they have nothing better to do. Which quite frankly, is saddening.