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Introduction Teenage years are filled with uncertainty. Intense pressure to perform and
succeed is felt by many teenagers. Perceived failure at home and/or school can lead to the
need for escape. Teenagers often see their parents react to stress by drinking, thus
providing a bad example for them. They also see their favourite movie actors or actresses
getting drunk when they go to a movie so they think that it's OK for them to do it but
what they don't know is it really hurts them in the long run. The desire to be accepted
and popular among their friends encourages many to begin drinking. The ability to consume
a lot of alcohol is associated with being a real man or woman. When teens see adults drink
heavily and movie stars on screen getting drunk, the message that gets through is that
it's cool to drink which is the wrong one to be sending. What is Alcohol? The critical
ingredient common to all alcoholic beverages is ethyl alcohol or ethanol. It is a clear,
tasteless liquid formed through the fermentation of sugars by yeast spores. The amount of
alcohol produced depends on the type and amount of sugar in the original mixture, the type
of yeast used, the temperature maintained during the fermentation process. What is
alcoholism? Alcoholism is an illness, it is a condition that people develop when they have
lost control over their drinking and are unable to stop themselves. Alcoholism is not
contagious. You cannot ¡¥catch¡¦ it. This condition is developed over a long period of
time, but everyone is susceptible to it. Is there a cure? Sadly, there is no cure for
alcoholism. The only solution we have come up with is prevention. Teenagers today have no
idea what alcoholism really is. They think that they can never become alcoholics. They
think that it could never happen to them, but they are wrong. Stress, Family problems and
the desire to be popular are often the cause of teenage alcoholism. Signs that you are
becoming an alcoholic: Physical Fatigue, repeated health complaints, red and glazed eyes,
and a lasting cough. Emotional Personality change, sudden mood changes, irritability,
irresponsible behaviour, low self-esteem, poor judgment, depression, and a general lack of
interest. Family Starting arguments, breaking rules, or withdrawing from the family.
School Decreased interests, negative attitude, drop in grades, many absences, truancy, and
discipline problems. Social New friends who are less interested in standard home and
school activities, problems with the law, and changes to less conventional styles in dress
and music. Alcohol and Crime In America, crime is inextricably related to alcohol and
other drugs. More than 1.1 million annual arrests for illicit drug violations, almost 1.4
million arrests for driving while intoxicated, 480,000 arrests for liquor law violations
and 704,000 arrests for drunkenness come to a total of 4.3 million arrests for alcohol and
other drug statutory crimes. That total accounts for over one-third of all arrests in this
country. The impaired judgment and violence induced by alcohol contribute to
alcohol-related crime. Rapes, fights, and assaults leading to injury, manslaughter, and
homicide often are linked with alcohol because the perpetrator, the victim, or both were
drinking. The economic cost of AOD-related crime is $61.8 billion annually. Many
perpetrators of violent crime were also using illicit drugs. Some of these drugs, such as
PCP and steroids, may induce violence. These drugs can also be a catalyst for
aggressive-prone individuals who exhibit violent behaviour as a result of taking them. The
need for preventing alcohol and other drug problems is clear when the following statistics
are examined: Australian Statistics Alcohol related motor vehicle accidents tend to be
highest for drivers in the 21 - 29 age group but is also high for the 17-39 age group.
American Statistics Alcohol is a key factor in up to 68 percent of manslaughters, 62
percent of assaults, 54 percent of murders/attempted murders, 48 percent of robberies, and
44 percent of burglaries. Among jail inmates, 42.2 percent of those convicted of rape
reported being under the influence of alcohol or alcohol and other drugs at the time of
the offence. Over 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women arrested for property crimes
(burglary, larceny, and robbery) in 1990, who were voluntarily tested, tested positive for
illicit drug use. When students want to talk to or with someone about their problem, 50.4
percent report that they would choose a peer 62.1 percent a parent 39.1 percent an adult
friend and 30.4 percent a relative other that a parent. Alcoholic's Anonymous does not
engage in the fields of alcoholism research, medical or psychiatric treatment, education,
or advocacy in any form, although members may participate in such activities as
individuals. Traditionally, Alcoholics Anonymous does not accept or seek financial support
from outside sources, and members preserve personal anonymity in print and broadcast media
and otherwise at the public level. A. A. experience has always been made available freely
to all who sought it - business people, spiritual leaders, civic groups, law enforcement
officers, health and welfare personnel, educators, representatives of military
establishments, institutional authorities, representatives of organised labor, and many
others. But A. A. never endorses, supports, becomes affiliated with, or expresses an
opinion on the programs of others in the field of alcoholism, since such actions would be
beyond the scope of the Fellowship's primary purpose. Australian Statistics on Alcohol 15
¡V 17 Year Olds ,¸ 71% of 15-17 year olds surveyed had consumed alcohol in the last 12
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