Shawanda Bradley Mr. Henri Moudoungou English 101.C October 29, 2012 TEENAGE DRINKING OUTLINE 1) Alcohol use by persons under age 21 years is a major public health problem. Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs, and is responsible for more than 4,700 annual deaths among underage youth. 2) There is an estimate of about 10.8 million teenage drinkers in the United States. But most teens don’t start the heavy drinking until they are 19 and 20. a) Since 2009 teenage drinking as increased rapidly. i) Three-fourths of 12th grade students, more than two-thirds of 10th grade students, and about two in five 8th grade students have consumed
HE SAMPLED 100 UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO TAKE HIS FIVE ITEM TEST. THE GROUP OF STUDENTS WAS COMPRISED OF 30 MEN AND 70 WOMEN. IN THIS GROUP, FOUR PERSONS WERE AFRICAN AMERICAN, SIX PERSONS WERE HISPANIC, AND ONE PERSON WAS ASIAN. ZAK’S MIRACULOUS TEST OF DEPRESSION IS PRINTED BELOW: 1. I feel depressed: Yes No 2.
90% of underage drinking is binge drinking. In other countries, with the drinking age at 18, binge drinking starts at age 13. Statistics show that heavy drinking could start at as young as 13 years old. In 2003, a study showed that kids started to drink at age 14, while in 1965 kids would start to drink at age 17, that’s a big age difference. Due to binge drinking, there are an estimated 300 suicides per year in the U.S.
Problems arising from college drinking have risen proportionally by 7% since 1998 (Hingson 15). There is an estimated "over 1,400 student deaths, 500,000 injuries, and 600,000 assaults annually associated with excessive alcohol consumption." (Dodd 91) Through the years, binge drinking has become a major problem in Colleges and Universities throughout the United States. Binge drinking or "heavy episodic drinking" is defined as "consuming a large number of drinks
Nyles Austin English 101 Persuasive Essay May 3, 2015 Marijuana vs. Alcohol/Tobacco Did you know that “9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18, and 99% start smoking by age 26” (Tobacco Facts and Figures, 2015)? More than 20 million Americans have passed away due to smoking since 1964 and that amount doesn’t include just smokers but second hand smokers as well (Tobacco Facts and Figures, 2015). On top of that 1 in 6 Americans binge drink within a month, about 4 times the what? (Alcohol and Public Health, 2014). The harms of drinking and smoking vary in numerous ways.
Rosie Anaya, a student in college wrote an essay last year about the physiological problems that affect our college students called, The Best Kept Secret on Campus. These problems can range from anxiety to depression to acute bipolar disorder. She talks about the staggering numbers of students with these problems and the lack of help from the universities. In this essay she states that a 2008 study found that “62% of students have experienced feelings of hopelessness, nearly 90% have felt overwhelmed or emotionally exhausted, nearly 50% have been so depressed they have trouble functioning, 15% have been formally diagnosed with depression and almost 10% contemplated suicide. These numbers are surprisingly high; however a vast majority of students are not receiving the help they need to deal with these major disabilities.
Plans to Eliminate College Binge Drinking Nearly half of today’s college student population is stumbling through the college years due to binge drinking. Binge drinking on college campuses isn’t just an issue of public health, but it’s one of self-interest. Failure to act in the face of foreseeable harm places schools at risk for damaging their academic reputations and liability lawsuits in millions of dollars. Also, students experience a wide variety of alcohol related problems including hangovers, blackouts, and engaging in unplanned sexual activity. According to Lini Kadaba’s article, Colleges Hitting the Bottle Binge Drinking Remains High, but Initiatives at Area Schools Raising Awareness, “College binge drinking is remaining in colleges due to the intractable problems that contribute to 1,700 student deaths, 599,000 injuries, and 97,000 cases of sexual assault, or date rapes.” (24).
Teen Health Public Service Announcement- Smoking Cigarettes • Who is at risk? The CDC reports that about 43.8million US adults were cigarette smokers in 2011. When broken down by race/ ethnicity, the numbers were as follows: • Whites-20.6% • African americans-19.4% • Hispanics/latinos-12.9% • American Indians/Alaska natives-31.5% • Asian amerians-9.9% • Multi racial people-27.4% Nationwide 18% of high school students were smoking cigarettes in 2011. The most recent middle school survey, done in 2011, shows that about 4% were smoking cigarettes. In both high schools and middle schools, white and Hispanic/Latino (a) students were more likely to smoke cigarettes than other races/ethnicities.
Professor Zapolski mentions of a survey that reports,“ High school seniors, about 20 percent binge drinks, consuming more than 5 drinks in one occasion.” This shows how much an high school student will and can drink before reaching 20 years old. Professor Tina Watson states a research done by Christopher Carpenter and Carlos Dobkins who suggested, “ Arrest rates for violent and nuisance crimes rise sharply at age 21 though at least age 23.” Both claims that drinking at the legal age has caused a rise in crime and criminal behavior in young adults. Yet, many think that lowering or keeping it the same age will benefit and educate young adults. Professor Steinberg believes, “ Lowering the drinking age to 19, which would help solve the problem of illegal drinking on campus.” Steinberg claims lowering the age to 19 will prevent illegal activities on campus. Professor Glaser expresses.“ America’s 18 -year-old have the right to vote, marry, buy a gun and join the military."
legal drinking ageRyan Adams Dr.Curl 2/06/2013 Legal drinking age Statistics show that at least 72% of teenagers have consumed more than a few sips of alcohol by the end of high school. In fact in the past 30 days 17.4% of teens have binged on alcohol in the US. ("Fact Sheet for Underage Drinking." CDC)Most teens will graduate at the age of 18, are they considered mature enough to drink responsibly? If not then why isn’t the legal age of an adult considered 21 years old?