Alcohol Awareness Week

As alcohol awareness week gets underway, some students on Western's campus are getting an up close look at what its like to drive while intoxicated.

WKU's Health Services, Police Department, and a number of student volunteers have been working to give students the chance to see the effects of drunk driving, all while participating in hands on activities like the simulated drunk driving test.

If you want to learn more about alcohol awareness week and test your skills on the road, volunteers will be out on Western's South Lawn on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

And on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Tom Forte, from Bowling Green's Police Department, will be speaking on "Alcohol and the Law" in room 305 of DUC, on WKU's campus.

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Teen Alcohol Abuse

  • 10 million Americans between ages 12-20 had at least one drink in the last month.

  • Of the 10 million, five million were binge drinkers (having five or more drinks in a row), 2.3 million were heavy drinkers (consuming five or more drinks in a row on a single occasion).

  • Eighty percent of high school seniors have used alcohol; in comparison, 65 percent have smoked cigarettes; 50 percent have used marijuana; and 10 percent have used cocaine.

  • Approximately two-thirds of teenagers who drink report that they can buy their own alcoholic beverages.

  • Use of alcohol and other drugs is associated with the leading causes of death and injury (e.g., motor-vehicle crashes, homicides, and suicides) among teenagers and young adults.

  • The total cost of alcohol use by youth--including traffic crashes, violent crime, burns, drowning, suicide attempts, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisonings and treatment--is more than $58 billion per year.

  • First use of alcohol typically begins around the age 13.

  • Among teenagers who binge drink, 39 percent say they drink alone; 58 percent drink when they are upset; 30 percent drink when they are bored; and 37 percent drink to feel high.

  • Eighty percent of teenagers don't know that a 12 oz. can of beer has the same amount of alcohol as a shot of whiskey; similarly, 55 percent don't know that a 5 oz. glass of wine and a 12 oz. can of beer have the same amount of alcohol.

  • Teenagers whose parents talk to them regularly about the dangers of drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those whose parents don't, yet only 1 in 4 teens reports having these conversations.

Source: National Council on Alcoholism contributed to this report


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