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Alcohol (Junior Drug Awareness) by Terri Peterson Smith

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The National Youth Rights Association also calls for lowering the drinking age. ” They argue: A lowered drinking age together with greater acceptance of moderate amounts of drinking for younger people will reduce the “forbidden fruit” phenomena. Rather than teach young people about the many uses and abuses of alcohol, current law and policy dictates that alcohol is an inherently evil substance and only total abstinence from alcohol can be preached. While abstinence from alcohol is a totally acceptable option, it should never eliminate the need for honest, a Very old story open discussion and education about drinking.

15), alcohol produces: • • • • slurred speech drowsiness changes in emotions and judgment greater reduction in balance, vision, reaction time, and hearing how alcohol Works in the body of the body and the brain. Once alcohol is flowing in the blood, it works on the nervous system, particularly the brain. Usually, alcohol has a quieting effect on the brain’s activity. 40 and higher), alcohol produces: • • • • • vomiting breathing difficulties unconsciousness coma death Many people think it’s good to let a drunk person simply fall asleep.

Companies that make and sell alcohol advertise their products in places such as television and 41 42 alcohol radio shows, magazines, and newspapers. They do this to get more people to buy their products. According to psychologist Henry Wechsler, the alcoholic beverage business is huge—worth about $110 billion per year. It pours about $5 billion into advertising. The problem is that advertising—on television, for example—isn’t just limited to people of legal drinking age. “Young male sports fans are the beer industry’s biggest customers,” Wechsler writes in his book, Dying to Drink.

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