Alcohol abuse most young people do not live in

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Alcohol Abuse Most young people do not live in families in which alcohol abuse is a problem. However, it is estimated that 25 percent of all youth are exposed to family the excessive use of alcohol —at some time before they reach the age of 18. Young people who live in a household in which a family member abuses alcohol are at a high risk for neglect, abuse, economic hardship, and social isolation. Sometimes these problems can lead a young person to try alcohol alcohol abuse Responsibility. Demonstrate your commitment to a lifestyle that does not include alcohol use by taking responsibility for your decisions. Write and sign a pledge to stay alcohol free. Share your pledge with your parents and friends. Encourage your friends to sign pledges, too. A lcohol use is a serious matter. It is a key factor in 33 percent of suicides. 50 percent of homicides. 62 percent of assaults. 68 percent of manslaughter cases. 50 percent of head injuries. 41 percent of traffic fatalities. domestic abuse and injury, child abuse and neglect, and workplace injuries. more than half of all drowning incidents.
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566 Chapter 22 Alcohol What Would You Do? Apply the following refusal skills to write a response for Chantelle. 1. Say no in a firm voice. 2. Explain why you are refusing. 3. Suggest alternatives to the proposed activity. 4. Back up your words with body language. 5. Leave if necessary. Refusal Skills: Avoiding Alcohol Chantelle has been invited to a party at her friend Natasha’s house. When Chantelle arrives, she is surprised to see people drinking alcoholic beverages. Natasha’s parents are not at home. Chantelle walks over to Natasha. “What kind of party is this?” she asks. “It’s a high-school party,” Natasha says. “Here, have a beer.” “No, thanks,” Chantelle responds. “Won’t your parents be upset if they see this?” “Don’t worry,” Natasha says. “They won’t be home for hours. Here, have a drink. It’ll loosen you up.” Chantelle knows she needs to communicate her refusal and leave the party. What should she do? Choosing to be alcohol free allows you to reach your potential and achieve your goals. as an escape. However, drinking only makes the situation worse. Studies indicate that a person who begins drinking as a teen is four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than an adult is. Alcohol and Extracurricular Activities The negative consequences of alcohol use for teens can extend to their eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities, includ- ing athletics. Most schools have adopted a zero-tolerance policy for students found using alcohol. If caught, students may become ineligible to participate or may be suspended from their activities or from school. A student’s future social, college, and job prospects could be damaged.
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