THE PROBLEM AND ITS SETTING
The chapter presents the background and purpose of the study, theoretical framework, conceptual framework, statement of the problem, hypothesis,scope and limitation of the study and the definition of terms. Background and Purpose of the Study
Drinking alcohol is dangerous for kids and teens and sometimes for adults, too. Alcohol is a drug, and it is the drug most abused by teens. Many kids have their first drink at an early age, as young as 10 or 11 or even younger. It's easy for kids to get the wrong message about alcohol. They might see their parents drink or watch TV commercials that make drinking look like a lot of fun. You might see people drinking and watching sports together or having a big party. But alcohol is actually a depressant. That means it's a drug that slows down or depresses the brain. Like many drugs, alcohol changes a person's ability to think, speak, and see things as they really are. A person might lose his or her balance and have trouble walking properly. The person might feel relaxed and happy and later start crying or get in an argument. When a violent crime against another person is committed, about half of the reported crimes are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but more closely related to the use of alcohol. Over 50% of men that have committed sexual assaults are under the influence of alcohol, as are the victims of the assault. And 75% of violent offenses in the Army are alcohol related.(www.HumanTruth.info)
“They speak of my drinking, but never think of my thirst.” ~Scottish Proverb “Beer is the cause and solution to all of life's problems.” ~Homer Simpson “How come if alcohol kills millions of brain cells, it never killed the ones that made me want to drink?” ~Author Unknown
This quotation explains that drinking has a negative and positive reinforcement motives. Because of the sense of social censure, drinking is defined as a bad habit. They always judged the drinkers as bad people. According to Homer Simpson, beer is the cause and solution to all life’s problem.
Consequences of college drinking include alcohol-related unintentional injuries, motor vehicle crashes, unprotected sex, academic problems, health problems, suicide attempts, destructive behavior, and police involvement.Too many innocent people have been hurt or killed by someone under the influence of alcohol. When a drunken driver kills an innocent person, it is sad for everyone involved. The driver did not set out to kill someone when the party started. The driver could be your 18-year-old son or daughter during spring break. Before the accident, they had a bright future, was a straight A student, never took drugs, never had problems with the law, but for some reason had to get behind the wheel of a car under the influence. Bad decision! The worst decision this individual had ever made killed an innocent person, maybe another teenager, or a mother, or a successful entrepreneur or a grandpa. This affects everyone, including the driver's family. When the driver comes out of their fog and realizes he or she killed someone, can you imagine what goes through their minds, other than wanting to do it over again? It is heartbreaking for all involved. It does not even have to go to that level to become a social problem. "Falls, fires, drownings, and suicides are also frequently associated with alcohol." (Effects on Society, 2009) The fact that alcoholism is in any social class or structure, not settling with an income level or stereotype, is a scary thought. It could affect any one of us. The stay-at-home wife that has to have a drink to make it through the day but keeps up appearances so her husband does not know.The homeless man that receives money for food from someone walking by, but goes to a liquor store instead. Your next-door neighbors who are very friendly during the day always say hi and the wife comes over for coffee. Every second night, you are woken up in the...