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Transcript of Underage drinking
Limit the number of places that sell alcohol in a given area.
Restricting access to alcohol by having limits on the days and hours of alcohol sales.
Consistent enforcement of laws against underage drinking and alcohol-impaired driving.
Provide screening and counseling for alcohol misuse. Community-based efforts to monitor the activities of youth and decrease youth access to alcohol.
Enforce minimum legal drinking age laws
National media campaigns targeting youth and adults
Increasing alcohol taxes
Reducing youth exposure to alcohol advertising
Development of comprehensive community-based programs. Consequences Higher absence and poor or failing grades at school
Fighting and lack of participation in youth activities like sports
Arrests for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk
Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sex
Disruption of normal growth and sexual development
Higher risk of physical and sexual assault
Higher risk of suicide and homicide
Changes in brain development
Death Alcohol is the most abused drug in the United States
78% of 12th graders have experimented with alcohol Underage drinking accounts for 11% of all alcohol consumed 90% of drinking is binge drinking The act of consuming 5 or more drinks within a short period of time (Usually under 2 hours). This raises your blood alcohol level above .08 very rapidly. Costs local, state, and federal governments 50 cents more per drink when consumed by binge drinking because of losses in productivity, health care, and crime. Youth who start drinking before 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence or abuse later in life Why drink underage? Important to social interactions
Lower their inhibitions
Feel more relaxed in social situations
Increasing a sense of power
Causes cognitive and behavioral impairment What it does to your body Being drunk is like someone overdosing on a drug.
Alcohol is an anesthetic drug. It puts the brain to sleep.
Brain damage begins with the first drink and becomes sever in the case of the alcoholic
You can become physically dependent on it at an early age, which raises the risk of liver disease and/or other issued such as brain or heart complications References
Alcohol Dependence. (n.d.). WebMD. Retrieved February 3, 2013, from http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/alcohol-abuse/alcohol-abuse-and-dependence-topic-overview
Alcohol Underage Drinking. (n.d.). Prairie View A & M University. Retrieved February 3, 2013, from http://www.pvamu.edu/pages/2315.asp
Bonnie, R., & O'Connell, M. (n.d.). Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility. The National Academies Press. Retrieved February 2, 2013, from http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10729&page=71
Underage Drinking. (n.d.). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved February 2, 2013, from http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm
The choice is yours... Peer pressure can be a big factor that leads to underaged drinking, but all you have to do is say no
It might be hard to do, but by respecting yourself and your body
If they are real friends they will understand and respect your decision to not drink
Modifying the behavior of your friends that drink could also help you not drink by not having the opportunites or putting yourself in those situations where you have to choose
This is a prevelant problem with kids today, but are you going to become another number?
Or stand up and do whats right?
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!