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Teen Alcoholism




More than three million teenagers are alcoholics. That's why MADD or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Chevrolet and Carstar are targeting seventh and eighth graders at Edwardsville Middle School. Students got a lesson on the dangers of drinking and driving Monday as part of National Alcohol Awareness Month.

The program is called "Fake ID." Bruce Helfrich is a MADD Field Representative Manager. He says, "this program is about personal identity and about young as they're growing up. How they make decisions based on the influence of style, media, peer pressure, money, family and friends. We know that when these young people get to high school they're going to face the greatest amount of peer pressure they're ever going to face."

This past Friday, three Franklin County teens were killed when their pickup truck hit an oncoming van. Authorities believe alcohol played a role in that accident.

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  • Alcohol Facts
  • From 1993 to 1999, national alcohol treatment admission rates declined by 24 percent. Alcohol admissions included admissions for both abuse of alcohol alone and admissions for the primary abuse of alcohol with secondary abuse of another drug.
  • Long-term heavy drinking can lead to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis can cause severe abdominal pain and can be fatal. Chronic pancreatitis is associated with chronic pain, diarrhea, and weight loss.
  • The peak Blood Alcohol Level occurs 60 to 90 minutes after ingestion when the stomach is empty.
  • Some drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, as a result of heavy drinking over a long period of time. Its symptoms include fever, jaundice (abnormal yellowing of the skin, eyeballs, and urine), and abdominal pain.