The Medias Effect on Underage Alcohol Abuse

Barbara Duskey John Howrey English 112, Section 096 March 27, 2000 The Effects of the Media on Underage Alcohol Abuse It is a major aspect of our culture and many others, being used in religious ceremonies, for celebration, and during common socialization, its presence is seen everywhere. It is alcohol. Alcohol is the broad term that society gives to such drinks as wine, beer, and hard liquor because it contains ethyl alcohol. Despite the fact that in the past century alone, alcohol has been denounced, accepted, and outlawed, we still see alcohol everywhere in magazines, television, billboards, and even the Internet. The effects of alcohol are numerous and reach a widespread of people in the following ways: drunk driving accidents, fetal alcohol syndrome, liver disease, and increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, also called the NIAAA, state in their article called Alcohol Alert that, Alcohol contributes to 100,000 deaths annually, making it the third leading cause of preventable casualty (2). In addition, Gary Hopkins, MD, director of The Center for Adolescent Behavior Research at Andrews University, found that 41% of all traffic fatalities, the leading cause of accidental death, are alcohol-related (n.p.). Alcohol is a significant problem in todays society, it isnt limited to any particular age group, but one age group of great concern is those that are under twenty-one years. The Century Council is a group started in 1991 to fight underage drinking and alcohol abuse. According to Fighting Alcohol Abuse, the Century Councils website, most young people do not drink illegally, the number who do is high enough to make underage drinking a serious safety and health concern(n.p.). The Century Council continues with sixth graders in saying, one in fourteen sixth graders drink monthly(n.p.). They …

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