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41: Alcohol Use Among Teens and Young Adults
... teens are introduced to the use of alcohol at exceedingly younger ages. This is a growing problem that is having to be combated in various ways. Another very serious problem connected to alcoholism is binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as consuming the equivalent of five drinks in a row for men, or four for women. This particularly occurs on college campuses. A report released from the Harvard School of Public Health shows ... approximately three million total students nation wide. Of these students, twenty percent admit to being frequent binge-drinkers. This same report further shows that one-third of college students who binge-drink have a prior drinking problem, usually beginning in high school. In an article in the September 13, 1999 issue of Time magazine, Amy Dickinson interviewed a group of eighteen students attending a liberal arts college near her home. ...
42: Alcoholism: Is It Hereditary?
... dispute the idea of a special type of inherited alcoholism affecting only such groups. Even for these populations, balanced genetic models leave room for the substantial impact of environmental, social and individual factors so that drinking to excess can only be predicted within a complex, multivariate framework. The denial of this complexity in some quarters obscure what has been discovered through genetically oriented research and has dangerous consequences for prevention and ... 1970’s which found reliable genetic, but not adoptive transmission of alcoholism. This contemporary research focuses on the offspring of alcoholics and on the biochemical or neurological abnormalities they inherit that may lead to pathological drinking. Or, alternatively, investigations may focus on a configuration of personality traits centering on impulsiveness and antisocial activity that can climax in alcoholism or other psychopathology. In the words of one popular article on the topic ... and carried a good deal of moral baggage (Gusfield, 1963) was finally discarded when national Prohibition failed and with it the idea that the United States could reasonably hope to prevent all its citizens from drinking. The modern definition of alcoholism, as embodied by A.A., instead claimed that the alcoholic was a person who from birth was destined to be unable to control his or her drinking. The mechanism ...
43: Alcoholism - Pros And Cons
The following essay will introduce you to pros and cons of drinking. It will also give you a clear understanding in why you shouldn’t drink alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant; it impairs your ability to drive, slows down your reaction time and causes you to make ... happen, because of alcohol. Alcoholism can kill in many different ways, and in general, people who drink regularly have a higher rate of deaths from injury, violence, and some cancers. The earlier a person begins drinking heavily, the greater their chance of developing serious illnesses later on. Any protection that occurs with moderate alcohol intake appears to be confined to adults over 60 who have risks for heart disease. Adults who drink moderately (about one drink a day) have a lower mortality rate than their non-drinking peers, their risk for untimely death increases with heavier drinking. Alcohol may not cause cancer, but it probably does increase the carcinogenic effects of other substances, such as cigarette smoke. Daily drinking increases the ...
44: How Can We Control The Drink Till You Drop Mentality At Colleges?
How Can We Control The Drink Till You Drop Mentality At Colleges? While I was in college I realized that there was a big problem on campus. My first encounter with binge drinking on a college level was at my soon to be fraternity house at Montana State University. The funny thing was that I looked at the situation as the normal thing to do while at college. Kids my age were drinking as many as 9-14 beers a night for three nights, but then the rest of the week they wouldn’t have any. Some granted were at the start of alcoholism. They would of course have probably 1-3 drinks every day except on the weekends were they would go on a drinking spree. But for the most part students were relatively sober during the week. I’ll be the first one to admit that I was a binge drinker at Montana State. In fact I was ...
45: Young Adults And Alcohol
The drinking age in the United States is a contradiction. At the age of eighteen, one can drive a car, vote in an election, get married, serve in the military and buy tobacco products. In the United States you are legally an adult at eighteen. An eighteen-year-old, however, can not purchase alcoholic beverages. The minimum drinking age should be lowered from twenty-one in the United States. Unbelievably, the United States citizens trust their sixteen-year-old children to drive three thousand pound vehicles. We require our working young to pay ... one our young adults can not handle alcohol. There is an ever-growing problem on campuses all across the nation: the abuse of alcohol. College freshman, usually nineteen, enter college with a bias involving the drinking law. In almost every aspect other than the drinking age, these freshmen are considered adults. However, they are told by the law they are not responsible enough to handle alcohol. Elizabeth Whelan declares, "Banning ...
46: Drinking Age
Drinking Age The drinking age is fine, if anything is should get raised. It is hard to ignore the fact that this law is broken everyday. It's the 90's all teens just want to fit in. Kids are drinking at a much younger age. Now, even 10 year olds and 11 year olds are trying to fit in with us older kids. It's amazing and sometimes funny what kids will do just ...
47: Alcohol: Most Used and Abused Drug
... a chronic usually progressive disease that includes both a psychological and a physical addiction to alcohol. Alcoholics know what will happen to them when they drink but they are so addicted they can't stop drinking. Alcohol becomes the most important part of the person's life. It totally consumes them, all their thoughts and actions have to do are somehow associated with alcohol. Alcoholism like other illnesses will become worse ... Alcoholism is not a disease experienced only by adults. Alcoholism, like any illness, can strike at any age. Ten percent of the adult drinkers in the U.S are considered alcoholics or at least experience drinking problems to some degree. Surveys have shown that more than one out of three Americans have a personal friend or relative who has had a drinking problem for ten years or longer. Almost two out of three Americans report that they know someone who drinks too much. It is estimated that there are 18 million alcoholic or problem drinkers in ...
48: Teen Alcoholism
... an estimated 10 percent in the United States - of it users. For most drinkers alcohol is a relatively harmless social beverage. Even though the percent is small, too many students are spending weekends and weeknights drinking the nights away. Time is not the only commodity that kids are wasting on alcohol. Research shows that college students spend 5.5 billion dollars a year on beer and alcohol. That is over four ... by the cells to perform their complicated functions. Unlike most foods, however, alcohol contains negligible amounts of vitamins and minerals and contributes little or nothing to the cells' nutritional requirements. As a result, continual heavy drinking inevitably leads to malnutrition. The challenge to drink to the very limits of one’s endurance has become a celebrated staple of college life. "What has changed is the across-the-board acceptability of intoxication," says Felix Savino, a psychologist at UW-Madison. "Many college students today see not just drinking but being drunk as their primary way of socializing." The reasons for the shift are complex and not fully understood. But researchers surmise that it may have something to do with today’s instant- ...
49: Alcohol Abuse Among Teenagers
... with alcohol and many are already heavy drinkers (Cahalan 1997). It may be difficult for parents and teachers to believe that a seventh grade student can have an alcohol problem, but a study of student drinking practices shows that 5% of seventh-grade boys and 4.4% of seventh-grade girls are seriously abusing alcohol (Royce 1996). That's why we see the consequences in terms of antisocial behavior, school failure, attention deficit, learning disabilities and road accidents among the teenagers. THE MAIN CAUSE …..MEDIA. Despite the problems caused to young and old by alcohol, society sends mixed signals to its youth. Media presents alcohol drinking with peers as not only acceptable but also to insure friendship and as a romantic beverage. Movies present a realistic picture of alcohol abuse. A report by "scientific analysis corporation" examined drinking practices on television and found that out of 225 programs 701 alcoholic drinking acts were recorded which were against the voluntary code (Jean Lennane,1995) of the liquor industry. The code states that: a) ...
50: The Effects of Stress, Alcohol Outcome Expectancies, Gender, Coping Styles, and Family Alcoholism on Alcohol Consumption
... Do alcohol outcome expectancies lead to higher or lower consumption? Is a history of family alcoholism positively or negatively correlated to personal consumption? Do the tested variables play mediating or moderating roles in stress-related drinking? This research will determine the answers to these questions, and determine the strength of the correlations, if any. Introduction The main question that this statistical model will answer is as follows: Is there any correlation between drinking and gender, alcohol expectancies, family alcoholism, stress, and coping styles? Gender It has been demonstrated that significant differences exist between the drinking patterns of men and women (Hilton, 1988). In a survey of US drinking habits conducted in 1988 by the US National Center for Health Statistics, Dawson and Archer (1992) showed that there are three ...

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