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Drink Responsibly

Ernest Hemingway once said “Drinking is a way of ending the day.”
But what if that day didn’t end exactly as planned?
According to www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov, 1,825 students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related, unintentional injuries. In fact, 28 percent of all traffic deaths in Michigan are DUI-related, according to www.madd.org.
“Drunk driving slows responses and impairs driving,” says Michigan executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Janette Kolodge. “We’re not saying ‘don’t drink,’ that’s not what we’re about. We’re just saying don’t drink and drive.”
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism continue to be issues for college campuses in the United States. Many students fail to realize the harm drinking causes to themselves and other students.
Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions like breathing and the gag reflex which prevents choking. Since alcohol is an irritant to the stomach, there is a danger of choking on vomit and causing death by asphyxiation.
Even if one lives through an alcohol overdose, it still leads to irreversible brain damage.
Students that refrain from drinking continue to suffer from those that do drink. According to www.yic.gov, 53.6 percent of students had to take care of a drunken student and 29.3 percent have been insulted or humiliated by a drunken student.
“People drinking become incredibly stupid and make very poor decisions,” says SC4 student and tutor Steven Williams. “If they thought about the consequences, maybe they wouldn’t do it.”
Aside from these issues, women and men are victims of unsafe or unwanted sexual conduct. According to www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov, 400,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 had unprotected sex while under the influence of alcohol and more than 100,000 reported having been too intoxicated to know if they consented to having sex.
“I believe there are no positive effects of alcohol on our youth,” says pediatric nurse from Port Huron Hospital, Brenda Wright. “Once they have begun experimenting with alcohol it is habit-forming and addictive. It is affecting their entire life and future.”
Alcoholism is also known as alcohol dependency. There are four major signs to alcoholism including craving alcohol, loss of control while drinking, physical dependence that includes withdrawal symptoms and tolerance to alcohol.

Ways exist to teach children the dangers of alcohol.
On April 21, 2011 Mothers against Drunk Driving will launch their new program Power of Parents. This program offers free training to parents that want to raise their kids free from alcohol. For more information about this program, contact Janette Kolodge at 1-248-528-1745 or visit www.madd.org.

Lauren Creech
Staff Writer