alcohol addiction

The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol; Our Kids are in Danger

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Posted: September 15, 2015

The effects of drugs and alcohol have always been a hot topic. Education about drugs and alcohol starts at a relatively young age, through programs such as D.A.R.E., in elementary school. It is important to become educated on the harmful effects drugs and alcohol can have on you and your family; so although some say elementary is too young, I beg to differ. Whether society wants to continue to turn a blind eye or begin to own up to the changing times, children are beginning to use at younger and younger ages. The sooner kids can become educated about alcohol and drugs, the better chance they have of refraining from use. I was alarmed when speaking with a student in 6th grade who said he had frequently drank alcohol in the past, in which numerous times he became sick. This obvious, early, over indulgence, is the leading cause of alcoholism in the future. Somehow, kids are not receiving the education needed for them to make an intelligent decision and “just say no,” which is the all too familiar slogan of the D.A.R.E. program. Something is not working. The effects of drugs and alcohol need to be instilled in kids at a young age, before peer pressure begins lurking around every corner. The question remains, what more can be done? Although some programs such as D.A.R.E are in effect in some schools, more funding needs to become available to ensure all children get the education in regards to the negative effects of drugs and alcohol. Education is the only way to teach the younger generation all the debilitating effects drugs and alcohol can have on one’s body, mind, and spirit, not to mention the effects it has on the user’s family, friends, and community at large. I propose a movement toward getting the education out to the public, especially at younger ages, just how harmful drugs and alcohol can be. Too many kids are still associating drugs and alcohol with the “cool kids” and believe taking part in these activities to make “cool friends” is not a big deal. What do you think can be done to help better educate the younger generations about the side effects of drugs and alcohol that they aren’t seeming to understand? I’d love to hear some ideas to propose to the schoolboard.

If you or a loved one would like to receive treatment for the use of drugs or alcohol, American Addiction Network is a resource available 24/7 to aide in finding you appropriate treatment.

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