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The Effects of the Media on Underage Alcohol AbuseIt 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 itcontains ethyl alcohol Despite the fact that in the past century alone alcohol has been denouncedaccepted and outlawed we still see alcohol everywhere in magazines television billboards andThe effects of alcohol are numerous and reach a widespread of people in the following waysdrunk driving accidents fetal alcohol syndrome liver disease and increased risk of sexuallytransmitted diseases The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also called theNIAAA state in their article called Alcohol Alert that Alcohol contributes to 100000 deathsannually making it the third leading cause of preventable casualty 2 In addition Gary HopkinsMD director of The Center for Adolescent Behavior Research at Andrews University found that41 of all traffic fatalities the leading cause of accidental death are alcohol-related np Alcoholis a significant problem in todays society it isnt limited to any particular age group but one agegroup of great concern is those that are under twenty-one yearsThe 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 notdrink illegally the number who do is high enough to make underage drinking a serious safety andhealth concernnp The Century Council continues with sixth graders in saying one in fourteensixth graders drink monthlynp They go on to talk about eighth graders and thier drinking habits One in four eighth graders have drank in the last month one in six have reported binge drinkingand one in ten got drunk while drinkingnp Binge drinking is drinking heavily in a short amountof time and can result in alcohol poisining sometimes resulting in death If that is
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