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Drinking and Driving

Grad School
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Melissa Ziomek

on 11 December 2012

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Issues for the Daily High School Student Teens and Their Choices Alcohol and Teens How Does Early Onset Impact Teens? Thank You! Prevalence in Teens Eighth Graders : Alcohol abuse can have a lasting impact on your teenager for the rest of their lives. According to a study done by The National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Persons reporting first use of alcohol before age 15 were more than 5 times as likely to report past year alcohol dependence or abuse than persons who first used alcohol at age 21 or older.
Only 3 percent of persons who first used alcohol at age 21 or older were classified as having past year alcohol dependence or abuse. Be mindful and aware...One bad choice can ruin everything! Alcohol is the number one abused substance by teenagers in the United States. It's prevalence in this age group is quite staggering. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse - Columbia University, "underage drinkers account for 11.4% of all the alcohol consumed in the United States." Look familiar? Most teen parties and hangouts are where underage drinking occurs. Always be mindful 51.7% have tried alcohol
43.1% have had an alcoholic drink in the past year
25.1% have been drunk
15.2% have had 1 or more binge drinking episodes Tenth Graders: 70.6% have tried alcohol
63.7% have had an alcoholic drink in the past year
48.9% have been drunk
25.6% have had 1 or more binge drinking episodes
1.9% have been daily drinking for at least 1 month at some point in their lives Twelfth Graders: 80% have tried alcohol
73.8% have had an alcoholic drink in the past year
62.3% have been drunk
30.8% binge drank in the past 2 weeks
3.6% use alcohol daily Effects On the Brain Alcohol effects your brain
Drinking alcohol leads to a loss of coordination, poor judgment, slowed reflexes, distorted vision, memory lapses, and even blackouts. Effects On the Body Alcohol affects your body
Alcohol can damage every organ in your body. It is absorbed directly into your bloodstream and can increase your risk for a variety of life-threatening diseases, including cancer. Effects On Self Control Alcohol effects your self-control.
Alcohol depresses your central nervous system, lowers your inhibitions, and impairs your judgment. Drinking can lead to risky behaviors, such as driving when you shouldn’t, or having unprotected sex. Untimely Deaths Teen alcohol problems create many negative consequences. One of the deadliest outcomes of teenage alcohol abuse is drinking and driving. Car accidents are the leading killer of the 15 to 20 year old age group.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
In 2004, 13.6% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were young drivers age 15 to 20.
For the same year and age group, 29% of the drivers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking.

In better news, the same study showed that "In 2004, an estimated 906 lives were saved by minimum-drinking-age laws." Reasons Teens Drink Alcohol If a teen’s parents consume alcohol on a regular basis the teenager is more likely to start drinking at an early age. A lot of teens tend to model themselves after their parents. It’s the old monkey see – monkey do adage.
If a teen’s parents have laid down the law and forbid them from drinking alcohol, the teen is more likely to start drinking alcohol as an act of defiance towards their parents and the parents telling the teen what they can and cannot do.
Parent’s often times find it difficult to talk to their teens about certain subjects like dating, sex, drugs, and alcohol. It is this inability to discuss the good points and bad points of these matters that can lead to the teen doing the wrong thing.
Alcohol is a powerful drug at the lower levels of alcohol concentration and gives a very pleasant feeling to the teen when they reach this state. This feeling can often lead to habitual drinking.
Reasons Teens Drink Alcohol Continued Teens often times consume alcohol because it makes them feel older. As we as adults get older we wish we could be younger again. If we only knew then what we know now?
Pure curiosity. Alcohol is in front of us on a daily basis. People drinking on television shows, commercials about alcohol, billboards, liquor stores are everywhere. As a society we are basically telling young people that it’s ok to drink alcohol.
I have spoken to many teens that have told me that it is just the cool think to do in their opinion. It’s like the illusion of smoking cigarettes makes you cool. Reasons Teens Drink Alcohol Continued If teens are having a hard time coping with the daily grind they will often times turn to alcohol because alcohol acts as a depressant and helps them to escape their troubled teen lives.
Teens see all of their friends drinking alcohol so they think it is the in thing. And what teenager doesn’t want to feel accepted as part of the crowd.
Even if a teen’s parents have done a good job of educating them about the effects of alcohol and why it is bad for teens to drink, peer pressure is probably the toughest thing teens have to deal with. A teen who knows it’s wrong to drink alcohol can be easily pressured into consume alcohol at a party by other teens. Before You Take the Risk Know the law:
It is illegal to buy or possess alcohol if you are under age 21.

Get the facts:
One drink can make you fail a breath test. In some States, people under age 21 can lose their driver's license, be subject to a heavy fine, or have their car permanently taken away.

Know the risks:
Alcohol is a drug. Mixing it with any other drug can be extremely dangerous. Alcohol and acetaminophen--a common ingredient in OTC pain and fever reducers--can damage your liver. Alcohol mixed with other drugs can cause nausea, vomiting, fainting, heart problems, and difficulty breathing. Mixing alcohol and drugs also can lead to coma and death. JUST SAY NO!!!
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