Teens are experimenting with the dangerous new practice of vaporizing alcohol and then inhaling it. Many of them think it’s no more harmful than drinking and have even heard rumors of its advantages over drinking alcohol. Health professionals say teens need to be cautioned that when alcohol is inhaled it affects the brain rapidly and can quickly lead to the emergency room.
The perception that college is one big party with academic achievement as a footnote will be on the minds of parents as they send off their freshmen. Many students begin using alcohol during college, and many learn to drink to excess.
Tragedy struck just one year ago at Washington State University when freshman Kenneth Hummel died from alcohol poisoning. Hummel, who had consumed multiple alcoholic drinks and an energy beverage, had a blood-alcohol level that was more than five times the legal limit.
Just a couple of years ago the Federal Drug Administration banned the selling of premixed energy/alcohol beverages. The brand Four Loko became the poster child for the decision after receiving media attention, but there were numerous makers of caffeine and alcohol drinks who felt the pinch. Unfortunately, a government ban on the canned drinks hasn’t brought a halt to a dangerous habit on the part of young people.
Recent research has shown that over one-third of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood alcohol levels above the legal driving limit, which can be achieved after just a few drinks. There has been a significant increase in cases of “distracted walking” – this includes walking drunk and walking while using cell phones. From 2010 to 2011 there was a three percent jump in pedestrian fatalities.
College students drink. Sometimes they drink a lot, and sometimes that excessive drinking leads to tragedy.
Recreational marijuana has been legalized in two U.S. states and has been approved for medical use in 14 others and the District of Columbia. (Medical use legislation is pending in four other states.) Across the country, attitudes toward marijuana are softening, with a surprising number of Americans viewing the drug as harmless. Recent research, however, shows that even a small amount of marijuana use has negative consequences, including making it less likely a person will finish their college education.
Facebook is a great tool to use to stay connected and promote your business, but should it be used to lure a target market not yet old enough to purchase a product? According to researchers, this is what is happening as alcohol companies leverage the social media platform to nurture a new generation of drinkers.
A vicious cycle is defined as a sequence of events where the response to one issue creates a new problem that aggravates the original matter. One study examined how this kind of cycle controls the drinking behaviors of teenage boys.
Parents are often confused about their role in helping teens navigate decisions related to alcohol and drugs. For some, the right path is an adherence to strict rules for any type of substance use. For other parents, there’s a benefit in allowing alcohol to be consumed in moderation under a watchful parental eye. Experts say that the correct strategy may involve the best elements of each approach.