Alcohol abuse is becoming an increasing important topic among high school students. Although we try to teach them to not to ever start drinking and that it's illegal to for a minor to consume alcohol, the reality is that they will be likely try it before they finish high school.
In the Saturday's edition of the Advertiser, a survey conducted by Chilton Shelby Mental Health Center showed that 79 of 187 students had at least tried alcohol and over half of the students said access to alcohol was easy because they got it from either friends or family members. When it's easy to get alcohol while hanging out with friends at parties, then you will be more likely to drink because of peer pressure or plain curiosity.
The best way to avoid alcohol abuse is to not start drinking. That is something that is taught in schools by showing them images and movies about what can happen to you when you drink. That can work for some students, but today it seems like the students will try it anyway regardless of the consequences.
A better alternative might be to teach students more about alcoholic drinks and how to drink more responsibly. That means students will need to understand their limits to how much alcohol they can consume without becoming wasted. It would also be good to educate students on just how much alcohol is contained in certain drinks.
Learn what they are and why they're very important.
Also, students should be taught about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. This is done to an extent at schools, but the message is to always avoid drinking altogether. A better message to send students is that they shouldn't try to drive when they've had too much to drink. Before the night starts, one person should be the designated driver. If everyone is going to drink, then you might want to instead decide to have a friend on call to come by and drive you home.
We all know the best way not to abuse alcohol is not to start, but if you do drink, then you should at least know how to do it safely.
Posted by permission of the Clanton Advertiser, where the editorial was published under the title, “Turning the tables around on alcohol education in schools.”
Most students don’t know that the amount of alcohol contained in standard drinks of beer, wine and liquor or distilled spirits is equivalent -- six-tenths of ounce ounce. They’re all the same to a breathalyzer. See Alcohol Equivalence.