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ALCOHOL ABUSE

V. Ryan 2010

 

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Children and young adults try alcohol this is a fact. Recent research suggests that the majority of children have tried alcohol. Alcohol is a drug and can be very dangerous.

 
1. What is the legal age at which you can purchase alcoholic drinks? Tick the correct answer.
 
16 years - 18 years - 21 years
 
2. What do you think of drinking (under the legal age), under the supervision of your parents / guardians?
You may consider this as fine, as your parents keep an eye on you and make sure that you only have a glass of wine with a meal.
 
 
 
 
3. What do you think of drinking under the age of 18, without the knowledge of your parents / guardians? What can it lead to?
Consider the following points - Drinking with friends or with groups - what can happen if you drink too much - accidents and violence - drinking at parties.
 
 
 
 
4. Why do you think young people start to drink alcohol? The key words / phrases may help you answer this question.
 
EXPERIMENTATION
EXCITEMENT
FEELING LIKE AN ADULT
BECAUSE THEIR FRIENDS DRINK
FEELS GOOD
INCREASES CONFIDENCE
REDUCES INHIBITIONS - PEOPLE DO THINGS THEY WOULD NORMALLY NOT DO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Listed below are some of the short term and long term dangers of young people drinking alcohol? Place an ‘S’ next to short term dangers and a ‘L’ next to long term dangers.
   
HEARING, AND COORDINATION
HANGOVERS
RISKY BEHAVIOURS LIKE DRUG USE
LOSS OF APPETITE
STOMACH AILMENTS
MEMORY LOSS
HIGH RISK FOR OVERDOSING
DISTORTED VISION
ALTERED PERCEPTIONS AND EMOTIONS
IMPAIRED JUDGMENT
BAD BREATH
CIRRHOSIS AND CANCER OF THE LIVER
SERIOUS VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES
HEART AND CENTRAL NERVOUS
 
6. What is ‘binge’ drinking?
 
 
Which of the following facts are true / false?
 
 
 
 

 

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