Drinking (Alcoholic Beverages)

By: Reagan Mullinax P-3

EQ: Do American attitudes toward alcohol lead to excessive drinking?

What is drinking?

Drinking is consuming a beverage that contains alcohol.
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Background Information

  • Drinking is an example of substance abuse.
  • Many risks.
  • Commonly used at parties/celebrations.
  • The heavier men and women tend to drink more alcohol than ones that are less-heavy do.
  • Many different drinks that include alcohol.

Present at Parties

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Causes

  • There is usually drinking present at parties.
  • A lot of advertising for drinking.
  • Ads target the youth.
  • Peer pressure.
  • Children are not taught well enough about the possible outcomes.
  • Drinking in general.

Can lead to getting in trouble with authority

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Effects

  • Can cause diseases.
  • It can interfere with sleep .
  • Can interact dangerously with prescription medications.
  • Can impair mental concentration.
  • Can cause slurred speech.
  • Impaired balance.
  • Erratic behavior.
  • Can cause depression and low-self esteem.
  • Can affect motor skills.
  • In extreme cases can lead to sexual assault.

Risk Factors for Alcohol Use chart

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Video clip addressing high-risk drinking

Addressing the Problem of High-Risk Drinking

Conclusion/Final thoughts

In conclusion, I believe American attitudes towards alcohol do lead to excessive drinking. I say this for a few reasons. First of all, the majority of American's believe drinking is ok. This results in drinking being used in an improper way, such as driving while intoxicated.Second of all, American's will believe anything they see or hear on TV. For example, there are many ads that want to sell you drinks containing alcohol. American's will want to try the next best thing, so they will. This could and most likely will lead to excessive drinking. Lastly, drinking is a societal norm. All in all, american attitudes toward alcohol do lead to excessive drinking.

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