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Underage Drinking and Driving. “An Impaired Mind is an Unprepared Mind”-Duane Alan Hahn. This IS an Escalating Issue…. **AS A RESULT, UNDERAGE DRINKING IS A LEADING PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY. . Alcohol is the drug choice among youth .

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underage drinking and driving

Underage Drinking and Driving

“An Impaired Mind is an Unprepared Mind”-Duane Alan Hahn

this is an escalating issue
This IS an Escalating Issue…

**AS A RESULT, UNDERAGE DRINKING IS A LEADING PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY.

  • Alcohol is the drug choice among youth.

-Many young people are experiencing the consequences of drinking too much at too early an age.

    • Why is that???
      • Its easily accessible
      • Teens DO NOT consider it to be a “drug”
      • Peer pressure
the facts
THE FACTS...
  • Young people who begin drinking before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence
          • THE CHANCES OF THIS DEPENDENCE BECOMING A FORM OF ALCOHOLIC ABUSE IS TWO AND A HALF TIMES MORE LIKELY TO OCCUR IN THESE INDIVIDUALS THAN THOSE WHO BEGIN DRINKING AT AGE 21.
    • Because the brain is developing until a person reaches his/her early 20’s, alcohol abuse during adolescence can easily cause PERMANENT DAMAGE.
    • Society gives youths mixed messages about alcohol. As parents, their best resource available is…YOU!
a quick comparison
A QUICK COMPARISON

South Carolina is ranked 23rd highest among the fifty states for the cost per youth of underage drinking.

problems and costs associated with underage drinking in south carolina
Problems and Costs associated with Underage Drinking in South Carolina
  • Underage drinking cost the citizens of South Carolina $1.1 billion in 2007.
    • This translates to a cost of $2, 428 per year for each youth in the state.
alert today alive tomorrow
ALERT TODAY= ALIVETOMORROW

Alcohol related car crashes kill someone every 45 minutes and injures someone every 2 minutes

the college life

THE COLLEGE LIFE!!!

PARTY…PARTY…PARTY!!

the wake up call
…THE WAKE UP CALL

“a mind is a terrible thing to waste” –United Negro College Fund

  • Academic Problems:
    • About 25% of college students report that academic consequences of drinking include:
      • Missing class
      • Falling behind
      • Poor exams/paper quality
      • Lower grades overall
  • In schools with high binge drinking rates non-binge drinkers reported:
    • 34% had been humiliated or insulted by binge drinkers
    • 13 % pushed, hit, or assaulted
    • 54% took care of a drunken student
    • 68 % were interrupted while studying
    • 26% of women faced unasked sexual advances
the university s outlook on things
The University’s Outlook on Things:
  • Colleges/Universities UNDENIALBLY DEMOTE the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages
  • Colleges/Universities do not sanction violation of FEDERAL, STATE, or LOCAL LAW.
  • It is against South Carolina Law for any person under the age of 21 to purchase or knowingly possess alcohol.
sean blackburn director of leadership studies at wu tells of their rules

Sean Blackburn, Director of Leadership Studies at WU, tells of their rules:

Consequences of students found drinking on-campus:

Ticketed

Arrested

Referred to Dean

Depending on the extent, a court date will be set and the student may be FINED.

Ultimately, if a student fails to comply there is room for SCHOLARSHIP REMOVAL & PARENTAL NOTIFICATION

HOWEVER, CREATIVE SANCTIONS INCLUDE:

Online “drinking-prevention” classes

WU will gladly seek further help for the student in off-campus groups

when the wine is in the wit is out
When the Wine is in, The Wit is Out
  • The effects of alcohol abuse include but are not limited to
      • Alcohol Poisoning
      • Blackouts/Memory Loss
      • Personality disorders; social conflicts
      • Ulcers
      • Heart Disease
      • Heart Attack
      • Liver Cancer
      • (for expecting females): Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
because of you
Because of You. . .
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    • Def. [noun]: mental and physical birth defects resulted from alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
      • This syndrome is the leading cause of mental retardation.
      • A national survey revealed half of women between the ages of 15-44 drank while pregnant.

FAS is NOT a childhood disorder and can cause a wide range of lifelong physical and mental disabilities.

back to reality

Chesterfield County’s approximated financial impact of underage drinking and driving for the year of 2010 will be roughly $24.4 million.

BACK TO REALITY

Each year, more than 5000 deaths of teens are linked to drinking:

The three leading causes of death for teens are car accidents, homicides, and suicides;

ALCOHOL IS A LEADING FACTOR IN ALL THREE

this is it
THIS IS IT…
  • Prevention is the first step:
    • Positive peer pressure goes a long way.
      • “What parents may not realize is that children say that parental disapproval of underage drinking is the key reason they have chosen not to drink”

-Charles Curie, Substances Abuse and Mental Health Administrator

  • Alternatives:
    • Become active in your community, church, or school
      • Involved teens are less likely to drink
      • Teens who act as role models for younger kids have less of a desire to be involved in the “cool” drinking crowd
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