The Pivot Points Of Alcohol Consumption Control — страница 3

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thing is not to use this type of education being presently used where alcohol is regarded as a restriction but to change it in to something that is in reach but which is regarded as a privilege and therefore should be handled with respect. When this type of education is imposed, teenagers will still drink but they will not drink in abuse. Teenagers will treat alcohol as what it is, something harmful when used in excess. This is the main problem with a drinking age of 21, because the drink is a forbidden fruit and the availability of a drink is not constant, when there is a chance to get a drink, the opportunity is taken as an advantage by a teenager and drinks are abused. The teenager will try to drink as much a possible because the opportunity may not be seen for a long term.

This creates into an abuse of alcohol which imposes serious danger. This difference can be witnessed when alcohol consumption of the United States and countries in Europe where the drinking age is 18 are studied. In Europe, more people drink and more alcohol is consumed, but in the United States there is a higher concentration of alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Obviously, it is better for a country to have less alcoholism even though alcohol consumption may be higher. Therefore, the key factor in this is having a low drinking age such as 18 but at the same time having a good education be provided to young drinkers. What governments need to enforce is a type of education where a teenager has the ability to drink but for them to regard alcohol drinking simply as a an event they can

enjoy sociably without a need to abuse it. The only way to successfully prove what has been mentioned above is to actually research what is happening with society and its relation to alcohol. This can be done very easily with use of surveys. Even though it is very hard to survey every single person in the world, a survey can be given to a smaller group of people and the results of this survey should be able to predict the same pattern for the larger group. In this case, a survey was handed out to a total of one hundred and twenty people. Because of the difference in the people being surveyed however, it was important to maintain a clear balance between the groups. In this case, the survey was divided into two groups, those from a country with a drinking age of 21 and those from a

country with a drinking age of 18. These two groups were divided into two more groups, those overage and those underage. Due to the limit of people found from countries with drinking age 18 however, only 18 surveys could be analyzed for each of the four groups. Therefore, a total of 72 surveys were analyzed from which very effective results were obtained. The results of the survey were very favorable, they allowed for good results t b obtained which can prove the hypothesis being presented in this paper. The table below named ?Table #1? shows the results gathered by the surveys. These results were gathered by different methods but they were all from anonymous sources assuring to write correct and true facts. TABLE #1 Question: Under-Age Over-Age Under-Age Over-Age Home Country

Drinking Age—* 18 18 21 21 Average drinks per week? 6 to 10 11 to 15 16 to 20 11 to 15 Ever driven after drinking? 22.2% 61.1% 38.8% 50.0% Ever used a fake-ID? 22.2% 33.3% 77.7% 77.7% Ever missed class due to drinking? 11.1% 38.8% 33.3% 33.3% Ever gotten behind in school due to drinking? 22.2% 27.7% 27.7% 27.7% While drinking, done something you later regretted? 50.0% 27.7% 44.4% 38.8% Ever gotten in a fight due to drinking? 27.7% 33.3% 27.7% 27.8% Engaged in sexual activity due to drinking? 27.7% 38.8% 27.7% 33.3% Engaged in Sexual activity without protection under the influence? 5.55% 16.6% 11.1% 11.1% Damaged property or committed a crime under the influence? 16.6% 11.1% 5.55% 11.1% Gotten in trouble with the police due to alcohol? 5.55% 11.1% 16.6% 22.2% Graph #1 ? Drinks

Per Week For these results to be effectively analyzed, they must be first parted into their respective groups. As the table #1 above shows, all of these four groups are described in percentages which come from the total amount of surveys distributed to each of the groups. That is, the percentage is obtained from the total of eighteen surveys per group. The most straight forward and at the same time effective question asked in these surveys is that of the amount of drinks consumed per week by each of the groups. Most people however, do not have a very precise count for the amount of drinks they consume in a week, this is why it is rather difficult to arrive at a precise number for the average amount of drinks consumed by the people being surveyed. For this reason, these averages