i found this article interesting because it was coming from a person who has been a witness of what can be caused by drinking underage and binge drinking. getting a perspective from the mother made me have a better understanding of what she was feeling when the doctors told her she was unconcious
A national survey by Massey University's Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE) public health unit revealed this week that teenage girls were binge-drinking more than ever. The survey showed the percentage of females aged 16 and 17 binge-drinking on a night out increased from 9 per cent to 28 per cent between 1995 and 2011.
Binge drinking is associated with mental health disorders and teenagers who binge drink in highschool are more likely to binge drink in college. Teenage binge drinking can also lead to brain damage. I think this is extremely dangerous and I am alarmed because many teenagers are starting to binge drink.
Underage drinking has become increasingly popular among high school and college students, and so have theWhat a Mayo Clinic study published on Feb. 15 found interesting were the costs stemming from incidents involving alcohol abuse. Based on the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database, the study found that the hospitalization costs from annual incidences of alcohol use disorder (AUD) between the ages of 15 and 20 was estimated at $755 million in 2008. The CDC names alcohol as the “most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States.” The results from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey given to high school students showed that during the past 30 days: • 42% drank some amount of alcohol • 24% binge drank • 10% drove after drinking alcohol • 28% rode with a driver that had been drinking alcohol The numbers and data not only reflect the high school population of mostly minors but also show statistics on students in colleges or universities. The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality released an article on Feb. 7 that focused more specifically on underage adult cases. Polled data from the SAMHSA Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) gave insight into information collected on approximately 374,000 cases of substance abuse treatments in 2009 in people aged 18 to 24. According to TEDS, about 12,00 of those admitted for treatment were college or postsecondary school students.In the case of alcohol abuse, the data showed that people admitted between the ages mentioned above were more likely to be college students than non-students. College students accounted for 46.6 percent of alcohol abuse cases for people aged 18 to 24 while non-students accounted for 30.6 percent. As studies continue to release statistics and data about underage drinking, researchers still look for the reasons why high school and college students continue to drink heavily although underage. Amanda Luccarelli, a sophomore at Marist College, said college students especially drink to relive stress that comes from keeping up good grades and attaining degrees that would help get secure jobs in a now difficult job market.“That factor placed on all of the stresses of grades and the reality of leaving college with a degree and a debt they had never fully calculated causes many college students to over drink and get themselves in trouble,” Luccarelli said. Shannon Casey, a sophomore at Ohio State University, said the increase in underage drinking in the current generation of college students is unsettling.“I think it says that we are a little less responsible than previous generations,” Casey said. Casey said that while she recognizes the faults in her colleagues and fellow students, some parents or legal drinkers can be responsible for providing alcohol to minors. “It is against the law to obtain alcohol,” she said. “The underage drinker cannot be solely blamed for this since someone older provided help.” Boston University sophomore James Curtis said that students are irresponsible in their drinking habits and use it to escape the stresses of everyday life. “This is also the first time that students have real freedom from their parents and they feel like they can do whatever they like,” Curtis said. Curtis also said that, while it is wrong for parents to become enablers of underage drinking, “Almost all kids will drink when they are underage, and if parents don’t allow that or pretend it isn’t happening, it doesn’t help the situation.”Post to FacebookPost to TwitterAdd to LinkedInAdd to Google BookmarksPost to DeliciousPost to StumbleUponAdd to RedditPost to Digg costs of care for underage drinkers who go too far.
gabby knight's insight:
This article explains the threats and risks caused by bing drinking and the increase of the amount of drinkers in australia that are in fact underage. Amanda Luccarelli says that a lot of college students are known to drink to relieve stress and keep up the good grades which has been debatable by others who disagree.
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