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Binge drinking among teens drops

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OLDER high school children are continuing to drink at risky levels but alcohol use by younger teenagers is dropping, a new national survey shows.
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This article discusses that younger teenagers are starting to listen to the information on alcohol, smoking and drugs and are paying attention to the risks involved with these substances. The statistics are dropping significantly each year, which will hopefully lead to a decrease in teenage drug and alcohol related deaths. Older high school children are continuing to drink at risky levels so in my opinion this age bracket needs more impactful education if we are to change their behaviours. The article was interesting because it compared the different ages of high school students in regards to their behaviours with alcohol, smoking and drugs.

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King hit or coward’s punch: the language of violence and why it matters –

King hit or coward’s punch: the language of violence and why it matters – | Jai Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Assault victim Daniel Christie's family has argued the term
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This is an article about the terminology of violence and changing the language from a king hit to a coward's punch so that no one thinks it's good or cool to hit someone for no reason. I think it's better to call a random hit a coward's punch as it makes people not want to be known as a coward and peer pressure is something people might hopefully pay attention to. As the article says "violence on the street is a discourse of war — there are winners and losers. It’s about changing discourse to say there are no winners when someone is hit, there is no king." I think the article raises a valid point and it's good that the Australian government, media and celebrities have supported this language change.

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Charli Morelli's curator insight, November 25, 2014 10:03 PM

This is an article about the terminology of violence and changing the language from a king hit to a coward's punch this ad is to imply to teenagers that the hit is not cool and it is however looked down upon. I think it's better to call a random hit a coward's punch as it makes people not want to be known as a coward.  As the article states "violence on the street is a discourse of war — there are winners and losers. It’s about changing discourse to say there are no winners when someone is hit, there is no king." this article is valid and relabel to everyone. its purpose is to change the name which today has proven to be successful and is known as the coward hit. 

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Young adults 'damage DNA' with weekend alcohol consumption

Young adults 'damage DNA' with weekend alcohol consumption | Jai Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
Young adults with 4-5 years' drinking history who consume alcohol at the weekends may be causing damage to their DNA, according to a new study.
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This article discusses research being undertaken on the effects of alcohol consumption on healthy young people whereas past research has investigated the effects of alcohol of people who have been drinking over a long period of time. Results of the study revealed that the alcohol-consuming group demonstrated twice as much oxidative damage to their cell membranes, compared with the group that did not drink. This showed that damage is being done to young people's DNA as a result of alcohol consumption.

 

I don't think that its worth drinking every weekend just to have some fun at a party if your DNA is being damaged in the mix.

 

Its okay to have a drink once in a while but not to binge drink and put your health at great risk.

 

The article's message is effective in highlighting the damage to our DNA from alcohol consumption.

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Teen pregnancy crisis

Teen pregnancy crisis | Jai Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
A STUDY on Australian teenage pregnancy rates has revealed the extent of youth pregnancies, with academics slamming the Federal Government for inadequate sex education in schools.
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There is good and bad about this article. The good is that most teenagers seem to be using contraceptive methods and they are working, however it does seem that the rates are dropping and more and more are using the "withdrawal" method as their main way of contraception. This isn't pleasing as it means there will be more teenage pregnancies in the years to come. Schools really need to crack down on educating teenagers on sex and drugs.

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Meena Jasim's curator insight, November 11, 2014 10:18 PM

This article discusses the extent of youth pregnancies in Australia. Australia has one of the highest teen pregnancies rates in the developing world, giving us evidence of how much of a problem teenage pregnancy actually is. You would think that it would decrease with the sex education we receive at school starting from year 9, but this hasn't stopped 35 per cent of people to have sex and 6.1 per cent resulting pregnancy, and 7.5 per cent said they were "unsure" within the years of year 10 and year 12 that the survey in the article undertook. Another reason   why this article shows that there is a teen pregnancy crisis and the sex education doesn't work for some people is the fact that the 67.9% of people who said in a survery in 1997 that they use condoms, has dropped to 65.1% in the most recent survey in 2002. Not only can they fall pregnant but STD's is more likely because the barrier method of preventing fluids is not there. This is quite confronting information and proves to us as a nation that sex education needs to not only be increased but also improved to make sure people are having intercourse in a safe way. 

Caitlin Chadrawy's curator insight, November 25, 2014 9:52 PM

Teenagers do not understand the full responsibility of having and raising a child, Although teenage pregnancy rates have been declining since the 1970s, Australia is ranked by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development as having one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world.


35 per cent had had sex and 6.1 per cent reported it had resulted in pregnancy, while 7.5 per cent said they were "unsure." With 12 per cent of sexually active students confessing to using the withdrawal method for contraception, the academics are calling on the Federal Government for comprehensive sex education classes nationwide.

 small mistakes and having sex because they are curious or whatever and not fully understanding the results and way a baby can take over your life is not okay and more people need to become aware of the outcomes .  


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Party scars: over half of young adults admit injuries from nights out

Party scars: over half of young adults admit injuries from nights out | Jai Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it

When 1,038 people aged between 18 and 34 were questioned 52% of them admitted that they had suffered physical harm of some sort "as a result of drinking too much or partying too hard".Poll finds injuries range from women falling in high-heels, to drunken attacks and to pulling a hamstring while dancing

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This article provides statistics based on a survey conducted with young people that shows how over half of young adults that go out partying end up with injuries after their night out. The article states that when 1,038 people aged between 18 and 34 were questioned 52% of them admitted that they had suffered physical harm of some sort "as a result of drinking too much or partying too hard". In my opinion this shows that young people are not considering the consequences of their actions. The article states that young people end up being unfit for studies or work which could have major consequences for their future all just for the sake of one night out. Its good to learn about the statistics and the facts should convince young people to adopt more sensible approaches.

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One in eight youth deaths due to alcohol, report

One in eight youth deaths due to alcohol, report | Jai Yr 9 Journal | Scoop.it
One in eight deaths of Australians aged under 25 is now related to alcohol consumption, experts say.
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To know that one in eight deaths of Australian youth is due to alcohol is a pretty sad fact. It is quite shocking that almost two thirds of 18-29-year-olds said they drank "specifically to get drunk" according to the article.


The article is effective in conveying statistical facts that create and awareness of this significant issue.

 

It would seem that teenagers do not fully realise the consequences of their risk taking behaviour in drinking excessively. They probably think nothing is going to go wrong when they go out to parties. They are just trying to have fun. They are taking everything too far and such alcohol related behaviour has led to 90% of police callouts at night. 


In my opinion there needs to be some rules laid down restricting the operating hours of pubs/night-clubs so that they close earlier, say around midnight. However more effective education for young people on the dangers of alcohol is required. 

 

This would hopefully bring down the amount of deaths related to alcohol.

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