Want to hear something kinda scary? The chances of your kids dying from overdose have increased by 500 percent according to teenhealth.com. Teen drug abuse has become a very serious problem the last couple of years. New and More powerful drugs have hit the streets, which means Teens and young adults are in more danger of overdosing. They could very possibly be blind to their own addiction. It is up to the community and their peers to notice the effects the drug has done to the person of abuse and help that person. Drugdirectory.com has listed many different signs of drug abuse one could see. Our goal as a community should be to help the statistics of overdoses go down. Drug and alcohol counselors are doing just that. They've helped
Alcohol abuse in college Underage drinking is a problem within the US and has been for some time. No matter how hard many businesses try it still goes on because of the kid’s lucrative ways to obtain it. Many kids use fake IDs or have a person of age purchase it for them. This problem of alcohol abuse is most prominently seen it college. One college it often occurs at is Indiana University in Bloomington. The early habit of drinking alcohol can have many bad effects on one’s body at a young age and causes habits, decrease in grades, and other negative outcomes.
Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. A dangerous issue facing society today is the problem of teen drinking and driving. Currently an approximate of 10,076 people die in drunk driving crashes per year. If positive progress to ceasing this act does not happen, teens will continue to drink and drive putting everybody on the road at risk. Teens who drink and drive put everyone on the road at risk, causing serious crashes that could be preventable.
An article written by Sophie Defaix, a staff member of Millersville University, writes an article in The Snapper the University's paper called “The drinking age in America: what’s there to fuss about.” Defaix argues that the drinking age in the United States should be lowered to eighteen, and if so the amount of underage binge drinking incidents would decrease. Defaix writes this paper with the intended audience most likely being staff and students of the university or even parents of students that attend the university. Defaix uses examples and draws on her past to relate to her readers and give them other perspectives, but she has nothing that backs her strengths her argument limiting its effect.
A study on teen drinking by the Joseph Raintree Foundation described underage drinking as, “a social activity usually undertaken by small groups of close friends, well away from the oversight of parents or other significant adults.” This kind of unsupervised drinking takes place because Americans place such a heavy emphasis on young people not drinking, catalyzed by zero-tolerance policies schools place on alcohol and a high MLDA. American youth are frequently told that with age, comes more freedom of choice and more responsibility, yet having a MLDA of 21 betrays that notion, almost encouraging young adults to reach for the so-called
With the lack of ideal teenage drinking education major issues occur. In an article In a New York Times article, Laurence Steinberg states, “I favor lowering the drinking age to 19, which would help solve the problem of illegal drinking on campus...while still making it illegal for high school students to drink, thereby limiting the flow of legally (and easily) purchased alcohol into younger adolescents’ social networks” (Steinberg). This may put more stress on college campuses, but it takes away the revolting ideas of the youth, and takes nearly all high school issues out of the equation. In a CNN report, by William Cohan, he tells, “A drinking age of 19 would also mean that easily three-quarters of the students on a college campus would no longer be violating the law by either drinking on campus or in unsupervised homes off-campus”
(Through the years, various programs have been created, to reduce U.S college alcohol abuse. One such program has been created at The University of Rhode Island.) The University of Rhode Island used to be a center for binge drinking, alcohol-related injuries, and even alcohol related deaths. That all changed when the new URI President Emeritus Dr. Robert Carothers, stepped in with a successful strategy called Security On Campus. Dr. Robert Carothers said, “One of the first, and most challenging, steps was keeping alcohol from being served at any event on campus”. They would also end up targeting fraternity’s/ sorority’s and keeping a tight lease on them. Another program they offered to the freshman was free education on the effects of drug
Imagine irresponsible, reckless, and belligerent adolescents that have the privilege of buying and consuming alcoholic beverages while still working to earn a high school diploma. Many people question the age at which alcohol can legally be bought and consumed, which makes parents and law enforcements question or doubt an adolescent’s responsibility and mentality. I believe that if the legal age limit for alcohol consumption lowers, it will cause various difficulties in someone’s life and a disruption in their brain’s maturity.
Underage alcohol drinking can have devastating effects on teenagers. It can affect teens' grades, health and many other things as well. The reasons why teenagers consume alcohol are pretty clear. What aren’t clear are the solutions to eliminating, or at least reducing the number of underage drinkers. It is vital
Kristen Petreyko Statistics: MA 105 Statistics Project Due: December 17, 2012 INTRODUCTION Being a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I have found that a person’s whole lifestyle changes with the simple act of graduating college. One of the most obvious lifestyle modifications for many recent graduates is the decrease in the amount of partying, and the realization that it ends when college does. I conducted a statistical analysis on the consumption of alcohol for those still enrolled in undergraduate programs compared to the consumption of recent graduates. My research objectives include the following:
Bringing up the topic of drugs is not unfamiliar to us. Around the country we have been taught what is right and what is wrong. 75% of schools in the US are familiar with the D.A.R.E program, and 48 countries have introduced it. We have been listening to police officers since we entered kindergarten. Almost all schools have students that have experience with drugs , even if it is only between a few students drugs are out there. Many people do not know this, which they should, but alcohol is considered a drug. Definition of a drug is simply a substance that can be absorbed into a living organism and will alter the organisms judgment and functions. If alcohol is considered a drug there can even be a bigger drug problem. Students do not realize how dangerous drugs actually are, statistics show that 60% of seniors do not believe that marijuana is harmful. Students need to be informed what marijuana can lead to. Smoking the drug can lead to lung cancer just like cigarettes. Schools have not faced the facts and realize drugs are a problem, only 14% of schools in America have committed to random drug tests in school. They need to step up and start helping the students within their school who are in need of help. Random drug testing in schools need to become mandatory because drugs in school are now not just becoming a problem to a few students, it is affecting even the students already heading in a good path for the future and by doing so it will eliminate drug use between students
These numbers reveal that teenagers face an apparent exposure to drugs, and have little trouble getting a hold of some if desired. This article concludes that drug use and its consequences are not stressed enough in the current high school curriculum. The statistics prove that more needs to be done to identify and educate students at risk for drug use.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, reported that the first 6 weeks of freshman year are vulnerable times for heavy drinking and using drugs. Students are usually peer pressured into these activities. Studies have shown that students in their first year of college tend to use alcohol and
On college campuses across America, the use of alcohol has been an topic in need of explanation for many years. The concept will be explaned with emphise on the negative effects of hooch. Alcohol in cardio-sport athletes is especially harmful. But at any rate the negative concepts apply to all student. Besides the fact that a large number of students are underage when they drink, alcohol can put students in dangerous situations and give them a headache long after the hangover is gone. The short and long term effects alcohol has can impair students physically and mentally, impacting their education and health.
Alcohol and Drugs and their Effects on First-Year Students Alcohol has been a part of human society for millennia. It can be found in churches, gas stations, supermarkets, and nearly everywhere else. Drugs are becoming more ubiquitous as well, with the legalization of cannabis now active in some form in 25 states (Maciag “State”). However, no single place is more saturated with alcohol and drugs than the college campus. Despite the troves of research that have been done to give evidence that they are harmful, there is still an overwhelming voice against control of these substances. First-year students are hit the hardest by this influence, being freshly exposed to the freedom of moving away from parents. It is this freshness, combined with the vast availability and marketing of alcohol, that causes college freshmen to be extremely susceptible to its effects. Despite how drugs and alcohol are romanticized in the media and easily available to college students, these substances have a negative effect on sleep habits, attendance, grades, athletic performance, extracurricular participation, and ultimately academic retention, especially among first-year students. Furthermore, the causes and effects of substance use are closely and cyclically related to social pressures brought on by college and its surrounding culture, making a sort of vicious cycle of stress and substance use in many cases.