Drugs And Alcohol

One of the biggest problems people cope with today is the addiction of drugs and
alcohol. The effects of taking these drugs are dangerous: domestic violence,
crimes, accidents, sexual assault or becoming infected with HIV/AIDS. Different
studies of domestic violence show a big involvement of high quantities of
alcohol and other drugs. These increase the level of aggression. Alcoholism and
child abuse, including incest, seem tightly intertwined as well. Parents, being
under alcohol influence, abuse their children in a bestial way. The most
important thing in this statement is that not only the abusers tend to be heavy
drinkers, but the children abused will also become drinkers or drug dependents,
and they will also abuse at that time. In a family, the alcoholic women have a
negative verbal conflict with her husband than a non-alcoholic woman has. This
is a source of misunderstanding between family members, and the results could be
very tragic. The family could end up in divorce or even crime. From violence
between parents due to abuse of alcohol or drugs, the children begin to feel the
passion and need for taking drugs and drinking alcohol. Most of them will have
some experience. Most will understand that taking drugs of any kind doesn\'t have
a happy-end. Others, will continue to ruin their lives, killing themselves as
days go by ("Teens" 1/2). The first drug accepted by law is alcohol.

One major reason that alcohol is very wanted by teenagers up to age of 21 is
because it is prohibited for buying and consuming under that age. As long as
there will be this law of prohibition for buying and consuming alcohol under 21
years of age, more and more teenagers will begin to drink more and more alcohol,
because this one law of the nature: people try to not respect the law, to show
the others how tough they are. This statement is supported by some researches
made in parallel in Romania and United States. Even though in Romania the level
of life is much lower than in United States, the percentage of people consuming
alcohol and drugs is very low. This is not a result of pureness, because for a
drug dependent, drugs are his main food. This is a result of a very strict
education that adults give to teenagers; this is a result of the education that
parents give their own children. As a result of excessive drinking of alcohol,
the person involved is exposed to very different illnesses, which affect their
body ("Alcohol" 1/2). The second important drug accepted by law is
tobacco. Started at a young age, the smoker usually ends up in drugs more
powerful and very likely to tobacco, like marijuana, heroin,
cocaine/"crack", and amphetamines. The smoker is exposed at different
illnesses, like lung cancer and throat cancer. "The American Liver

Foundation has developed an innovative program called \'Foundations for

Decision-Making\', to teach young children that alcohol and other drugs are
harmful" ("Alcohol" 2/2). Alcohol and other drugs interfere with
messages to one\'s brain and alter his/her perceptions, emotions, vision,
hearing, and coordination. Alcohol and drugs affect his/her judgment and can
lead to dangerous behavior that puts him/her at risk of: accidental injuries,
car/boat crashes, sexually transmitted diseases, unwanted pregnancy, sexual
assault, fights, and trouble with the law. Statistics show that more than half
of drownings and fatal falls are alcohol or drug related. Half of physical
injuries sustained on college campuses stem from alcohol use. Almost half of all
fatal car/boat crashes are alcohol or drug related. Alcohol and drugs are also
involved in many cases of burglaries, and in many acquaintance rapes. More than

70% of total cases of violent behavior on campuses involves alcohol. According
to "Youth, Alcohol and Other Drugs", last month "about 9.5
million Americans between ages 12-20 had at least one drink", "of
these 4.4 million were \'binge\' drinkers (consuming five or more drinks in a row
on a single occasion) including 1.9 million heavy drinkers (consuming five or
more drinks on the same occasion on at least five different days)" (1/4).

Despite the fact the purchase of alcohol is illegal for most college students,
the alcohol is the most widely used drug on campuses. "Among college
students in one survey, rates of binge drinking were highest among Caucasians,

43.5 percent for males and 24.4% for females; among African-Americans the rates
were 24.8% for males and 5.4% for females; and among Asians, 32% for males and

20% for females" ("Youth" 2/4). "Among teenagers who binge
drink, 39% say they drink alone; 58% drink when they are upset; 30% drink when
they are bored; and 37% drink