Being aware of alcohol
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and we focus on prevention of alcohol abuse and addiction among adolescents.
With April being National Alcohol Awareness Month in the USA, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that youth binge and heavy drinking rates were 8.8 and 2.0%, respectively. The rate of binge drinking was 41% for young adults aged 18 to 25, while heavy drinking was reported by 14.% in that age range
If these statistics aren't alarming enough, then it is the consequences of these actions that should be inspected. Roughly 1,700 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes. Nearly 100,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape, and another 1.3 million students are injured unintentionally or through acts of assault by other students, as reported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
"One of the major influences on our nation's young people regarding alcohol comes from pop culture and the media," comments Narconon International's director of drug education Bobby Wiggins, "Many of today's reality TV shows with young adults contain plenty of on-camera alcohol abuse, which can somewhat legitimize or even idolize that behavior in the eyes of impressionable teenagers. At the very least it sets a poor example."
Narconon® has drug prevention and education programs for students in grade school through college and even for the workplace. Narconon presenters speak to more than 500,000 young people per year internationally. There are also drug education videos available, one of which focuses on alcohol and the media that are viewed by millions more people each year in the U.S. and abroad.
For more information about Narconon drug education and prevention visit www.narconon.org