Underage Drinking Thesis

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The College at Brockport: State University of New York Digital Commons @Brockport Counselor Education Master's Theses Counselor Education 1-1-2007 Underage Drinking: A Learning Experience Bradley L. Rosenbaum The College at Brockport Recommended Citation Rosenbaum, Bradley L., "Underage Drinking: A Learning Experience" (2007). Counselor Education Master's Theses. Paper 90. http://digitalcommons.brockport.edu/edc_theses/90 This Thesis is brought to you for free and open access by the Counselor Education at Digital Commons @Brockport. It has been accepted for inclusion in Counselor Education Master's Theses by an authorized administrator of Digital Commons @Brockport. Underage Drinking 1 Running head: UNDERAGE DRINKING…show more content…
And compared with nondrinkers, a greater proportion of frequent binge drinkers (nearly 1 million high school students nationwide) engaged in other risky behaviors in the past 30 days (Grunbaum et al., 2004), including carrying a gun, using marijuana, using cocaine, and having sex with six or more partners. In addition, these youth were more likely than abstainers to earn grades that are mostly D’s or F’s in school (15 percent vs. 5 percent), or be injured in a suicide attempt (Biglan et al. 2004). Underage drinking can result in a range of short-term and long-term consequences, such as academic problems, social problems, physical problems such as hangovers, unwanted, unintended, and unprotected sexual activity, sexual assault, memory problems, increased risk for suicide and homicide, alcohol related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, death from alcohol poisoning, and alterations in brain development that may have consequences reaching far beyond adolescence (Barrouillet, 2002). Alcohol is by far the leading contributor to injury death, the main cause of death for people under the age of 21 (NHTSA, 2003). Annually, about 5,000 youth under the age of 21 die from alcohol related injuries that involve underage drinking. This includes injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes (about…show more content…
The authors suggested the need for supportive community-wide strategies to maintain the desired behaviors. Most educational programs were successful in educating students on the dangers and problems associated with drinking. However, many if not all programs do not have significant changes in the self-reported drinking frequency. Project Northland’s school interventions (beginning with sixth-grade students and continuing through high school) included community action in an ambitious, comprehensive, prevention approach that also included parent education and involvement (Williams & Perry, 1998; Williams et al., 1999). The 12th-grade outcome results, which follow high school intervention activities, are still not finished being computed (Perry et al., 2000), but at the end of 11th grade, the intervention students were drinking less. Among baseline (sixth-grade) non-users, however, marginally significant differences were found. This major study presents an ideal opportunity to learn if the drinking behavior of the teenagers involved is positively affected by educational interventions. Ideally, one would want to track behavior well beyond those immediate outcomes, problems, and consequences that are primarily tied to the use of alcohol, to include injury-related behaviors as well. It is particularly important to monitor the subsequent driving

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