Friday, December 3, 2010

More effort need to combat underage drinking

Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville, NC ) December 2, 2010

“ 'Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. A higher percentage of young people between the ages of 12 and 20 use alcohol than use tobacco or illicit drugs. The physical consequences of underage alcohol use range from medical problems to death by alcohol poisoning, and alcohol plays a significant role in risky sexual behavior, physical and sexual assaults, various types of injuries, and suicide. Underage drinking also creates secondhand effects for others, drinkers and nondrinkers alike, including car crashes from drunk driving, that put every child at risk. Underage alcohol consumption is a major societal problem with enormous health and safety consequences and will demand the nation’s attention and committed efforts to solve.'
This is a direct quote from former Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu, from his 'Call To Action' in 2007. But one may wonder why there is all this fuss about underage drinking. Isn’t it just something that is 'a rite of passage?' Don’t all kids do it?" Read More

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