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ALCOHOL ABUSE AMONG THE UNDERAGE WESTMINSTER COLLEGESCHOOL OF NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCESMPH 645BFALL SEMESTER 2014PROGRAM PLANNING AND EVALUATION PAPERINSTRUCTOR JOHN R CONTRERAS PHD MSPHIntroductionThis proposal aims to provide an intervention of the problems that exist in relation to alcohol abuse among underages in the United States Underage in the United States can be simply defined as anyone under the age of 21 Alcohol abuse is defined as a pattern of drinking that results in one or more of the following situations within a 12-month periodFailure to fulfill major work school or home responsibilitiesDrinking in situations that are physically dangerous such as while driving a car or operating machineryHaving recurring alcohol-related legal problems such as being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or for physically hurting someone while drunkContinued drinking despite having ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by the drinking What Peer Educators and Resident Advisors RAs Need to Know About College DrinkingEpidemiologyIt is estimated that 80000 deaths a year in the United States are caused by binge drinking many of those deaths are from acute alcohol poisoning By the time they reach the eighth grade nearly 50 percent of underages have had at least one drink and over 20 percent report having been drunk Approximately 20 percent of 8th graders and almost 50 percent of 12th graders have consumed alcohol within the past 30 days Among 12th graders almost 30 percent report drinking on three or more occasions per month Approximately 30 percent of 12th graders engage in heavy episodic drinking now popularly termed binge drinkingthat is having at least five or more drinks on one occasion within the past two weeksand it is estimated that 20 percent do so on more than one occasionApart from being illegal underage drinking poses a high risk to both the individual and society For example the rate of alcoholrelated traffic crashes is greater for drivers ages 16 to 20 than for drivers
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