We will begin the journey by explaining to you how the correlation between youth and alcohol consumption is very prevalent to this day, and the statistics to back it up…
“Global Post reports that youth 15 years and above drink on average 6.2 liters of pure alcohol every year… [Courtesy of foodworldnews.com. Jan 2015]”
Next we see another statistic in the United States, which is drinking and the right of passage known as “Turning 21”:
“Every year in the U.S., roughly 5,000 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related incidents.
Now there are many disorders that come from alcohol consumption and many are affected. Here’s some that raise some alarms:
“Approximately 17 million adults aging from 18 and older had an Alcohol Use Disorder in the United States in 2012. [Courtesy of nih.gov. 7/2014]”[Courtesy of dosomething.org. 2015]”
Also going into the role of gender, women are highly affected by abuse of alcohol consumption:
“The odds of women experiencing sexual aggression were nine times higher on heavy days of alcohol consumption compared with days of no alcohol consumption.” [Paris K. et al. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. 4/2004]
And even throughout time many diseases can happen due to the consumption of alcohol, and specifically the misuse of it:
“Over time, alcohol consumption can lead to 200 chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, stroke, and digestive problems. Other serious illness includes cancer, cirrhosis and people drinking are more prone to infectious diseases such as pneumonia, HIV, and tuberculosis.” [Courtesy of foodworldnews.com Jan 2015]
Taking this to the collegiate world, college students are not only affected but, highly affected:
“The number of college students who do not drink has increased to approximately 20%.”
[High Risk Drinking in College: What We Know and What We Need to Learn Final Report on the Panel on Contexts and Consequences. Task Force on the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. NIH. 4/02. www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov]
Further elaboration shows that the subject of students and violence that comes from alcohol consumption is as follows:
“97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape (Hingson et al., 2009).” [Courtesy of collegedrinkingprevention.gov]
Students academics fall to the hazards of alcohol with tremendous results as well:
“About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall (Engs et al., 1996; Presley et al., 1996a, 1996b; Wechsler et al., 2002).” [courtesy of collegedrinkingprevention.gov]
It goes in so far as to say that many college students develop alcohol misuse and dependency issues:
“31 percent of college students met criteria for a diagnosis of alcohol abuse and 6 percent for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence in the past 12 months, according to questionnaire-based self-reports about their drinking (Knight et al., 2002).” [Courtesy of collegedrinkingprevention.gov]
To conclude even college athletes are getting in on the action:
“College athletes tend to drink more than peers who are not involved with campus-based sports.” [Courtesy of U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Office of Applied Studies. Summary of Findings from the 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Rockville, MD, 1999.]
So this is a call to action… what will you do to help curb the alcohol misuse and conduct happening in today’s society? How will you remain sober, when in this world, all of these statistics are happening and growing?
This is a call to action.
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