As I searched for something newsworthy to share with you this evening, I became more disheartened than usual. I typically find one or two stories worth sharing–and I usually encounter about one alcohol-related death story each week (which isn’t to say there aren’t others). Yet tonight, when I looked for our story, I found not one but three stories about alcohol related accidents. A Penn State cheerleader suffered a broken pelvis and brain trauma after falling during a party, a Garden City College student’s drowning may be related to alcohol, and Denison College sees a spike in alcohol consumption. This bombardment of stories reminds me that with each freshman class comes alcohol education class. Not from an online portal or an RA (though many schools employ both to combat binge drinking), but from new classmates. The students bring what they know to the table, share it, and toxic results–like the ones I found this evening–ensue.
Posts Tagged ‘NEWS’
Well, so much for the Selinger government’s pledge to balance the books by 2014.
Should news networks have to disclose how much advertising revenue they bring in from each political candidate?Thursday, August 18th, 2011
It would seem there is definitely an incentive for many major news networks to play soft ball with the president because he will have a billion dollars in the bank to advertise with next year.
Media outlets make money selling advertisements.
What do you think?
@fush ya……."Shouldn’t people be smart enough to see it themselves?"
I don’t know about "should", I just know what people currently are. Uninformed and getting manipulated on a daily basis is the tip of the iceberg. The news media is only perpetuating the problem.
The more transparency the better. The system is getting more opaque by the minute…especially since that supreme court ruling about campaign finance and the removal of McCain-Feingold.
We were thrilled to read SAMHSA’s ‘Data Spotlight’ today, which points out that 94% of 12-14 year olds are not currently drinking alcohol.
This number is very encouraging – it reflects the progress that The Century Council has made since its inception20 years ago.
Of course, our work is not nearly done. The majority of the six percent who do drink alcohol received it from family and friends. We identified this problem in 2003. Addresssing where teens get alcohol is a critical part of preventing underage drinking.
In addition, college binge drinking remains an intractable problem, and underage drinking among older age groups remains, although we’ve made significant progress against it. However, we’re confident that our programs such as Ask, Listen, Learn will continue to chip away at these numbers, helping to keep kids safe, healthy and happy by beginning the conversation about the dangers of underage drinking in their middle school years.
We encourage you to check out our programs and learn more about our mission, as well as what you can do to prevent underage drinking.
NEWS: Teens Expect Drinking and Driving on Prom Night & Young Female Drinkers More Likely to Develop Breast Disease, Researchers SayFriday, November 5th, 2010
A survey of 11th- and 12th-grade students finds that 90 percent believe that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night, but few think that the behavior carries a high degree of risk, USA Today reported April 9.
The survey of more than 2,500 students, conducted by Liberty Mutual and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), found that 79 percent of students expected their classmates to drink and drive on graduation night. More than one in three students also said their parents had let them attend a party knowing that alcohol would be served.
“Newspapers, television, YouTube and Facebook are rife with tales of tragedy from reckless driving on prom and graduation nights, yet an ‘it won’t happen to me’ attitude continues to be so pervasive among our teens,” said Dave Melton of the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. “Add to the alcohol factor distractions like texting or talking on the cellphone while driving, or the greater likelihood of multiple people in the car, and the crash potential is very real.”
Young Female Drinkers More Likely to Develop Breast Disease, Researchers Say
Risk of developing benign breast disease increases five-fold among women who drank alcohol six or seven days a week during their teens and early 20s, according to research from the National Cancer Institute.
Benign breast disease is a known risk factor for breast cancer, researchers noted. Symptoms include hard lumps in the breasts, irregular cysts, breast discomfort, sensitive nipples, and itching.
Reuters reported April 12 that researcher Catherine Berkey of Harvard Medical School and colleagues drew their conclusions from a study of about 6,900 women ages 16-23. About one percent of the women reported having benign breast disease in a followup study at ages 18-27.
“Our study results give older girls and adolescents another reason to avoid alcohol,” said Berkey.