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Title: Alcohol Use

Alcohol Use
  • Is alcohol use abused in Aitkin?
  • By whom?

Why do some adults use alcohol?
  • Believe it relaxes them
  • Friends or spouse uses
  • Habit
  • Dependent on it
  • Used to cope with negative feelings

Why do some kids use alcohol?
  • Peer pressure
  • Poor resistance skills
  • Think it will make them popular or cool
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Hang out with people who use it
  • Parents use

Why do most teens choose not to use alcohol?
  • Effects on the body
  • Illegal
  • Against morals and values
  • Dont want to be ineligible for sports
  • Responsible decision-making

Why is alcohol an inappropriate choice for teens?
  • Its illegal
  • Must be 21 to drink
  • Minor consumption laws
  • Will go on your record
  • Affects career options
  • Cant go into the military service
  • Cant get a job with the FBI or government

Alcohol is physically unhealthy if over used
  • Liver disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • One of the leading causes of mental retardation
  • Organ deficiencies
  • Cancer
  • Decreased immune system
  • Decreased reaction time
  • Decrease in athletic abilities
  • Stomach ulcers

Affects relationships
  • Acute and chronic alcohol consumption is
    associated with high rates of homicides,
    suicides, sexual assault and spouse and child
  • Impairs our ability to think clearly and make
    proper decisions

Affects academic performance
  • Not motivated to do work
  • Spend less time studying
  • Forget about projects and assignments
  • It has been found that students with high grades
    drink 3 times less than students with low grades

Drinking and Driving
  • Blood Alcohol Level depends on many factors
  • It is the percentage of alcohol circulating in
    the blood stream
  • Effects begin around 0.04 while death may occur
    _at_ .4

The factors include
  • How much alcohol a person drinks
  • How fast they drink
  • What they weigh
  • How much the person has eaten
  • Presence of other drugs in the blood stream

How drinking affects driving
  • Dulls senses
  • Slows reaction time and interferes with
  • Blood vessels widen giving a false sense of
  • Slows activity of brain cells.
  • Impairs vision, perception, judgment, reaction

What should you do if someone who has been
drinking offers you a ride?
  • Say NO
  • Call someone to get you
  • Have someone walk you home
  • Stay the night
  • Call a cab

The law about drinking and driving
  • There is no safe level of alcohol that a person
    can consume that will not impair performance.
  • Legal age for buying and drinking alcohol in MN
    is 21
  • Not a drop law- any concentration for under 21
    consumption may result in withdrawal of driving
    privileges for 30 days on first violation and 180
    on second

  • If you are under 21 it is against the law for you
    to operate a car when you have consumed any
    amount of alcohol
  • First time convicted of DUI fine up to 700 and
    or up to 90 days in jail or both. Also loss of
    driving privileges for one year.

What is society and government doing to control
drug and alcohol abuse?
  • Prevention approaches
  • Making and passing laws about drugs and alcohol
  • Local and state health agencies are increasingly
  • Providing after school programs for teens

What can I do to stay alcohol free?
  • Choose friends who dont use
  • Become involved in school activities
  • Make good, responsible decisions
  • Be a positive role model through your actions
  • Refuse peer pressure

  • A disease where people cant control their desire
    for alcohol
  • 5-10 million Americans are affected and 95
    million are problem drinkers
  • Shortens a persons life by 12 years or more.

Why do people become Alcoholics?
  • Family problems a way to cope
  • Psychological they think their body needs the
    drug, low self-esteem
  • Genetics
  • It runs in families
  • Physiological
  • Excess consumption causes tolerance
  • Addiction occurs

Physical dangers of Alcoholism
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Direct damage to heart tissue
  • Damage to inner lining of stomach
  • Acute pancreatitis
  • It gets inflamed and doesnt do its job anymore

Where to find help
  • AA- made up of former alcoholics. They admit
    they have a sickness and try to help others
  • Al-Anon- Support group for family member and
    friends of people with Alcoholism
  • Alateen- Support group for young people who are
    affected by drinking or other addictions
  • Other agencies to get help- school, doctor,
    pastor, priest, and rabbi

In Conclusion
  • Alcohol is a very dangerous substance
  • I didnt cover any positive sides of alcohol use
    because there arent any
  • Alcohol abuse can damage your body and your life
  • It affects your decision making, perceptions, and
    reactions, which all equal a bad combination.