At this time I am currently promoting a Self-Awareness Campaign that covers the dangers of alcohol abuse. There are two programs I have created. The first discusses the consequences of underage drinking and is targeted towards high school students, the latter is a campaign to promote responsible driving habits primarily for college levels and higher.
I've done an extensive amount of research on the matter at hand and personally speaking I believe that most people fall victim to alcoholism or alcohol related problems due to a lack of knowledge. The information that I uncovered was startling to say the least.
- Alcoholism-Teen drinking is a risk for alcoholism. People who started to drink before the age of 15 were four times more likely to meet criteria for alcohol dependence at some point in their lives.
- Binge Drinking-Consuming four to five drinks at one time. Nearly 1 million high school students in the U.S. are frequent binge drinkers.
- Death-Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 dies as a result of underage drinking. About 1,900 people under 21 die every year from car crashes involving underage drinking, 300 from suicide and 1,600 as a result of homicides and hundreds from other injuries such as falls, burns and drownings.
Did you know that every 30 minutes someone dies in an alcohol-related crash? That's right every 30 minutes. Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes killed nearly 17,000 people in 2002 alone. Alcohol is a factor in 6% of all traffic crashes, and over 40% of all fatal crashes.
Now that I have your attention let's keep the information portal flowing. Let's now cover the effects that alcohol can have on teenagers.
- Research indicates that the human brain continues to develop into a person's early 20's, and that exposure of the developing brain to alcohol may have long-lasting effects on intellectual capabilities and may increase the likelihood of alcohol addiction.
- According to researchers studying teen drinking alcohol can cause changes in teenagers' brains, affecting a region that's responsible for memory and learning.
And last but never least, driving while either intoxicated or drunk is dangerous and drivers with high blood alcohol content or concentration (BAC) are at greatly increased risk of car accidents, highway injuries and vehicular death.
- The relative risk of death for drivers in single-vehicle crashes with a high BAC is 385 times that of a zero-BAC driver and for male drivers the risk is 707 times that of a sober driver.
My goal is to EMPOWER, ENCOURAGE AND EQUIP by spreading awareness and education and shining light on the dark side of a very important subject. I'm here to be a voice to many so that they may be a voice to others. We are not just talking about the prevention of alcoholism because inevitably we are talking about how to save a life.
Program A: 'Self-Awareness Campaign About the Risks of Teenage Drinking'
Program B: 'Self Awareness Campaign For Safe Driving'