Alcohol: Are You Aware?

by cynthiachu on November 13, 2013 - 11:09pm

Being a parent comes with great responsibilities. For the parents, their first worries usually concern their child. In fact, today, alcohol has taken a lot of place in our society and, yet, it is difficult for parents to prevent their children from trying drugs. However, nowadays, there are some resources for parents that can help them spot evidences indicating that their children might be using drugs. What pleased me in both of these articles is the fact that they provide accurate information on the symptoms caused by the use of alcohol among teenagers based on the effects that alcohol can have on the system.

In the article “Clue to Behavioral Issues”, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America claims that the effects of alcohol on a person are not only physical. In fact, parts of the effects of this illicit substance are behavioural too. As an organization that wants to share the information to help parents detect if their child are doing drugs, it states multiples behavioural signs of drug use such as a loss of inhibition and communication, an angry, hostile and uncooperative attitude, a change of relation with peers and relatives, an emotional instability, etc. (the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 2)

According to the peer-reviewed article, these behavioural effects can be explained by the outcomes alcohol has on the body, brain and system. In fact, many psychological effects are part of the damages that alcohol can have on a person. For example, drinking excessively alcohol can often lead to personality changes. In general, one person’s mood is mainly defined by the signals transmitted by a neurotransmitter called serotonin. However, alcohol, when in the system, can be one of the main factors that can weaken the effects of serotonin and, therefore, result chemical imbalances that can cause mood swings and aggressive behaviour. (Roland)

I wanted to write about these two articles because not only the articles are providing information on the symptoms and effects alcohol can have on a person. In fact, the first article discloses information to parents to find clues that their children are drinking alcohol by analysing the behaviour and the mood identified and linked to alcoholism. Alternatively, the other article discusses more deeply about the reasons why there is presence of these comportmental symptoms among the drinkers. In parallel to the relation between the articles, both support the fact that alcohol has negative outcomes on the drinkers concerning not only their emotions and their behaviour but also on the chemical activities of the system. All in all, alcohol does no simply limit itself to one single negative outcome, but it also generates other harmful outcomes that are interconnected between each one.


Annotated bibliography

Partnership for a Drug-Free America. "Clue In to Behavioral Issues." Teen Drug and Alcohol Intervention. Partnership for a Drug-Free America, n.d. Web. 10 Nov. 2013.

The author is the organization, which is an association with renowned scientist’, communication professionals’ and parent experts’ advices on teen drug use. It is found on the website of Teen Drug and Alcohol Intervention, which is a guide for parents who suspect their children of using drugs or drinking. It is related to my topic, which is alcohol, and supports the fact that alcohol has negative effects on the behaviour of the drinker.

Roland, Elisabeth. « Symptoms Alcoholism. » Department of Psychiatry : PAH Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, June 2010. Web. 06 Nov. 2013.

The author is Elisabeth Roland who is a Doctor of Psychology and who works at the Pennsylvania Hospital
Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. The source is from Pennsylvania Hospital’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic, which provides information concerning mental, health issues, etc. The source and the author provide accurate information on the negative effects alcohol has on mood and on the behaviour by sharing the incomes of these effects. It is relevant to my text since it talks about the topic of alcohol. In fact, alcohol affects the chemical activities, which is linked to the mood of the drinkers. Since they are experts on this field (on behaviour health), the information is reliable.


I think getting involved in a child life is the key part.A growing child will want to expierence many new things such as drugs and alcohol.The child might not want to try it on their own but with peer pressure many things can be accomplished and that is when a parent must look at the evidence of their child consuming drugs or alcohol.A few drinks doesn't hurt but when the habit is becoming uncontrollable there is a problem.At a young age i feel parents have a duty to inform their child of all the possible dangers drugs and alcohol usage can have on them or what it can lead to such as death.the product itself might not be dangerous buy for example when have many drinks and taking the wheel there is a danger not only for him/herself but for everyone around them.Alcohol is a great beverage to have with friends but when consumed too much there is an issue where parents need to sit down with their child and talk about their problem.

Very good choice of article! I find that it is completely normal for teenagers to have the desire to try new things and to consume alcohol. I also believe that everyone should have a bad ( but not dangerous) experience with alcohol in order to ''tame'' them. Because of these teenage tendencies to drink, I think it is very important for parents to educate their kids about the effects of alcohol before they even become teenagers to make sure that when they will decide to consume some, they will already know what their decisions can lead to and will, most likely, make better choices. However, I don't think parents should ''obsess'' over whether or not their teen is consuming drugs or alcohol, since, just like I said, it is part of their developpment and will make them gain life experience.

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