Apr 21 2011
Alcohol and drug awareness is an profound issue in the U.S. today. This year, 10,839 people will be killed in drunk-driving car crashes, that is one dead person from an alcohol related car crash every 50 minutes. Both young adults as well as adults need to better acknowledge the risks and consequences of alcohol and/or drug abuse.
While destructive car crashes are one cause of death, there are also other related deaths associated with alcohol and drug use, such as cancer, heart disease, and strokes. Most people don’t realize that prevention must start early. Shockingly, research shows that one in three 8th graders drinks alcohol. Even more interestingly one in five teens binge drink. Only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her teen binge drinks. What does this say about caregivers of children? We are in denial regarding our children’s habits.
As for adults, alcohol and drug related problems create a fabric of problems that become woven into our lives. Drug addiction ruins families, destroys important relationships, creates an unsafe environment for children and has serious health risks. Drug addiction, while viewed as the worse of the two, essentially has the same problems as alcoholism. Over time the alcoholic or drug addict will hit rock bottom and get help or die. That is simply the fact.
One step both legal guardians and kids can take is to take an alcohol and drug awareness class. These classes are ideal to gain skills in better understanding the consequences of alcohol and/or drug use as well as meeting a legal order for court, school or business. Technology is so easy these days, education is only a click a way. Taking an alcohol & drug awareness class online is a simple convenient choice that almost anyone has access too.