Today's teen literature is filled with references to drinking and alcohol abuse, but most of them do not actually deal with the issue head-on.
However, there are some books out there that do deal with the issue.
One of these is "Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood," by Koren Zailckas. This New York Times Bestseller tells the story of the author's relationship with alcohol as she grows up.
It follows her from her first sip of alcohol to her early adult life where she realizes that she needs to get help with her addiction. The novel is a great read, but it also helps to explain teenagers' fascination with binge drinking.
It offers a very understandable explanation for why teens, especially females, turn to drinking as a weekly activity. The novel certainly doesn't lecture and does not offer the author's opinions. It simply tells the story of a girl's road to alcoholism.
It is a very well-written story that is hard to put down. After reading this book, you will think a little bit more before taking that next shot or participating in "power hour."
Other Books Available
"From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle with Teen Drinking," By Chris Volkmann and Toren Volkmann
"Terry: My Daughter's Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism," By George McGovern
"Clean: A New Generation in Recovery Speaks Out," By Chris Beckman
"Drinking: A Love Story," By Caroline Knapp
"Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption," By William Cope Moyers
"Teens Under the Influence: The Truth About Kids, Alcohol, and other Drugs — How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do About It," By Katherine Ketcham