Celebrities Influence on Teen Drinking

In the media, movies that are targeted toward teens are movies like American Pie, College, Varsity Blues, ect. What is all one thing that these movies and many others similar to these all have in common? Teenage Drinking! High School and College aged students are targeted and these movies put the image of this is how high school should be or this is what we should do in college. Child.net tells us that, “In television, movies and magazines, celebrities are often portrayed drinking heavily or in excess. This can be harmful to teens that pick up on these behaviors and think it is normal to drink excessively like their favorite celebrity.” These movie stars do have a large impact on teenagers because even if the Celebrity isn’t their favorite but they see drinking as the norm for their age they will slowly conform to the idea. It kind of like what Hitler said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it” If the media and famous celebrities keep saying drinking is “cool” or normal for teens to drink and show it and say it long enough they eventually will believe it is true.

Carmen Chai, from Global News said, “Watching scenes of celebrities drinking or buying alcohol was more effective in influencing teens’ alcohol consumption than having alcohol in the home or parents who regularly drink.” If celebrities have a larger impact on teens then their own parents do we really need to be cautious of what we allow teens to watch or let them believe as the norms.

Not all celebrities have the negative affect on teens there are many that do not drink and do not support it. For example you may know him as Spider Man, Tobey Maguire, has not had a single drop of booze in 15 years. According to Jessica David from Glamour Magazine, who interviewed Tobey. She tells us that he struggled with drinking booze as a teen and he realized it had an affect on his career and gave it up and has been dry for 15 years now. People like Tobey are the celebrities that teen should look up too, he had a drinking problem and tells us it messed him up as a teen and because of that he hasn’t drank since. Teens can use stories like this to encourage them instead of conforming to the “norm” of most media stars.

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