Wednesday, September 23, 2009

"Why are you drinking?"

Carl Hart in his video presentation addressed very important questions on influential factors of alcohol and drug abuse. He explored how culture can promote different drugs or increase likelihood of particular drug use in certain settings. For instant, drug can play a role to promote group membership. Another factor is availability of particular drug and its connection to become a drug of choice. Crisis times may be correlated to risk factor for people being involved with drugs more than normally. Overprescribing medication is linked to increasing drug abuse. While life brings inevitable changes, so abuse of drugs continues like a fashion go in and out. Parameters such as generational change, people change, styles, popularization of new drug and human nature to make changes are only few pieces of drug abuse complexity.
Nora Volkow in one of the Harlem's High School , NY discussed controversial topic on How Brain, Body and Behavior affected by drug use. Brain continues to be developed till age 25, so when adolescents start using drugs it affect memory, emotional state, abstract thinking, body organs. Most likely teens will exhibit risky behaviors (experimental, compulsive).
Alcohol abuse is a serious woman's health issue. Statistical data showing that 4 million women in United States abusively use alcohol or they are alcoholics. More than a half of population have family member involved in alcohol. Alcohol kills more teenagers than all illegal drugs combined. Alcoholism can happened regardless of age, culture, race, or environment. Genetics play contribution toward being risk factor. Women react to alcohol differently than man. More younger age women involved with alcohol more chance it will be a problem later in her life. Alcohol destroys families, relationship, self-esteem, body organs, taking away lives. Alcohol abuse and gender differences should be taken into account when treatment or prevention needed. Concentration on substance abuse education with prevention programs support are important focus for healthy generations.

The following excerpt is taking from the book Little Prince by A. Saint Exupery

The next planet was inhabited by a tippler.

This was a very short visit, but it plunged the little prince into deep dejection. "What are you doing there?" he said to the tippler, whom he found settled down in silence before a collection of empty bottles and also a collection of full bottles.

"I am drinking," replied the tippler, with a lugubrious air.

"Why are you drinking?" demanded the little prince.

"So that I may forget," replied the tippler. "Forget what?" inquired the little prince, who already was sorry for him.

"Forget that I am ashamed," the tippler confessed, hanging his head.

"Ashamed of what?" insisted the little prince, who wanted to help him.

"Ashamed of drinking!" The tippler brought his speech to an end, and shut himself up in an impregnable silence.

And the little prince went away, puzzled. "The grown-ups are certainly very, very odd," he said to himself, as he continued on his journey.