The Importance of Alcohol Education
Alcohol use and abuse has become a growing concern over the years. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 86.4% of people aged 18 and older reported that they had used alcohol at some point in their lifetime. 70.1% reported that they had used alcohol in the past year and 56% reported drinking in the past month. 26.9% of people reported that they had indulged in binge drinking in the previous month.
Looking at these numbers, it is safe to say that Alcohol is America’s favorite intoxicating substance. It is legal to consume alcohol after the age of 18 years and it is widely available in a number of varieties and types in bars, restaurants, convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores.
It is also safe to say that alcohol has been here for a long time and it won’t be going anywhere any time soon. It is a part of human culture and of American culture, but it does come with its set of problems.
Alcohol Related Problems
Alcohol use comes with its set of problems; liquor is toxic to the human body in large enough doses. In the United States, there are more than 2200 deaths by alcohol poisoning each year. Even when the drinking isn’t enough to result in an overdose, the use of alcohol is associated with reckless and impulsive behavior. Every day, almost 30 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver. People who binge drink are also more likely to have unprotected sex which results in unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STD’s. Excessive alcohol consumption can also increase the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior, with alcohol often being a factor in cases of assault, homicide and rape.
Alcohol can also be a very addictive substance. In 2005, 2.5 million Americans sought addiction treatment for alcoholism. Long term alcohol abuse can cause serious complications affecting every organ in the body including the heart, liver and brain. It can also destroy a person’s emotional, mental and financial stability.
Why Alcohol Education is Important?
Alcohol Education is the planned supply of information and skills that are relevant in a society where alcohol use and abuse is common. The goal of an effective AE program is to provide accurate, truthful and unbiased information and facts about alcohol and its consumption, to distinguish between use and misuse of alcohol and to teach effective methods of harm reduction and damage control from drinking alcohol.
In this way, incidences of binge drinking and risky behavior related to binge drinking can be reduced. A successful education program can result in a reduced environmental availability of alcohol, a reduced community tolerance of binge drinking and tighter regulations on alcohol advertisement.
People often wonder if alcohol education programs are worth the money. According to the article “What We Can—and Cannot—Expect from School-Based Drug Prevention,” out of The Journal of Drug and Alcohol Review, an average substance abuse program costing $150 can save $840 in social costs per participant.
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