Alcohol consumption has its roots dating back thousands and thousands of years. Cultures from around the world would use alcohol for religious, medicinal or celebratory purposes. In early America, puritan settlers would consume alcohol as it could be used for medicine or recreation. But as immigrants came to America, they brought with them different cultural beliefs as they relate to alcohol consumption. Over time, disagreements emerged and eventually resulted in social confusion regarding what is socially acceptable, responsible drinking.
Alcohol Education In Academics
In order to highlight the negatives of problem drinking, schools began teaching alcohol education. For years, the primary focus has been on various models to teach young people that alcohol can bring moral, social and monetary problems. One model employs a “don’t drink at all” philosophy. In this case, alcohol is regarded as a sin. The problem is that three quarters of the nation consumes alcohol and if responsible drinking is not taught, a person will have no role model in terms of what is acceptable and what is not.
In terms of drinking and driving, various statistics of alcohol-related automobile accidents are used as a way to deter students from doing the same. This model also highlights the billions of dollars that are lost each year due to alcohol-related health costs and alcohol abuse in the workplace, which affects industries.
Balancing Positives And Negatives Of Drinking
Alcoholism is also proclaimed as a serious disease. In this model, alcohol is only discussed in a negative fashion and it is used as a scare tactic to prevent young adults from ever drinking. The failure here is that young adults never learn the positives of alcohol or how to drink responsibly.
In today’s modern world, alcohol continues to be a staple at social and sporting events. And just as it has been throughout history, it’s a way for people to gather together, enjoy themselves and engage in positive activities. To prevent drinking and driving, designated drivers are often used to safely transport people home after they have consumed alcohol.
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