Drinking and Driving: Underage, Military & Binge Drinking

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INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………………… 5 UNDERAGE DRINKING…………………………………………………………………... 5 MILITARY UNDERGE DRINKING……………………………………………………..... 7 BINGE DRINKING……………………………………………………............................... 8 CONCLUSION……………………………………………………..................................... 11 RECOMMENDATIONS/SOLUTIONS……………………………………………………. 11 MILITARY WINGMAN CONCEPT……………………………………………………..... 13 ENFORCING THE LAW……………………………………………………...................... 15 WORKS CITED…………………………………………………….................................... 17

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Reported Drinking Patterns Among Students………………………………………………….… 6 Table 1 Binge Drinking Prevalence, Frequency, and Intensity………………………………… 10

Michael J. Green
Professor Paul Rosenberg

Writing for Managers

2 March 2013

Drinking and Driving: Underage, Military and Binge Drinking
We all know one of the worst decisions we can make as responsible drivers is to get behind the wheel after a night out on the town where we may have had a few too many alcoholic beverages. We may not even be in a condition to make a rational judgment, let alone operate a vehicle.

Underage Drinking
We all know that underage drinking is when anyone under the legal drinking age of 21 drinks alcohol. Many teens face adult problems at a very young age. Underage drinking is a major problem among teens today. In today society, kids are being pressured into doing things at a very young age. Problem many parents are facing in their own life are also posing as problems on their kids.

Aside from being illegal, underage drinking can bring about public health problems. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism underage drinking risks include: “Death – 5,000 people under the age of 21 die each year from alcohol-related car crashes, homicides, suicides, alcohol poisoning, and other injuries such as falls, burn, and drowning.” (NIAAA) We are not only talking about deaths as well as serious injuries, impaired judgment, increased risk for physical and sexual assault and brain development problems. (NIAAA). As you can see there are serious risks involved with underage drinking. How can you recognize the signs of underage drinking?

Here are some signs that can help you recognize underage drinking. We’ve all probably seen some of these warning signs at one point in our life. But how much attention did you really give them. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism here are some warning signs that can help you recognize underage drinking. Has there been a change in their academic grades or any behavioral problems at school? Has there been a change in who they hang out with? Have they appeared to be less interested in their favorite activity or sporting event? Do they not want to be seen in public or make an appearance at a family function? Can you smell alcohol on their breath or have you found empty or full alcoholic beverages on them or in their room? Do they have slurred speech or muscle coordination problems, such as walking in a straight line? (NIAAA) Again these are just some of the warning signs that can help your recognize that your teenager maybe drinking alcohol.

As you can see from the below chart there’s a high percentage of 12th graders, 42% to be exact, that have had an alcoholic beverage in the past month. If you add up all three grades you get a total of 81% of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders that have drank in the past month. I find this to be an alarming rate and we have to do something to decrease these numbers. (L.Johnston)

Military Underage Drinking
We all know that you only have to be 18 to enter the military or 17 with your parent’s permission. So we can serve our country and die for this country but we can’t have an alcoholic drink, legally, until we are 21. Underage drinking in the military is nothing new. I remember when I first came in the Air Force,...
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