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Underage Drinking

Binge Drinking: The Facts (#106)

The trend of binge drinking--the intentional consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol--shows no decline in schools and colleges across the country. The program examines the dangers of alcohol poisoning and describes the correct life-saving procedures to follow in order to save someone. [23 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This new series informs students about the physical and psychological bases of teen alcoholism; the latest scientific data on alcohol consumption and the still-developing teenage brain; the impact of binge drinking; drunk driving; peer pressure, and out-of-control parties. Real strategies for confronting alcohol use among teenagers are explored, including the role of parents, peers, community, schools and the law.

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  • Underage Drinking: Know The Facts, Know The Risks (#101)

    This program clearly spells out the dangers and the risks of underage drinking while also providing new information on how the adolescent brain can be permanently damaged by alcohol. It also explores binge drinking, which results in thousands of teens being treated in the emergency room each year for alcohol poisoning. There is also a segment on the legal and social dangers of throwing unsupervised parties in which alcohol is served to minors. [26 minutes]

  • Dying High: Teens in the ER (#102)

    This hard hitting, reality-based program gives viewers a chance to see what goes on inside the nation’s emergency rooms as doctors treat teens for injuries such as drug overdose, alcohol poisoning, car wreck traumas and more. Dying High offers a glimpse into the nightmarish reality of what can happen when young people take risks with their health, their safety and their lives. New federal data indicates a 20% increase in drug-related ER visits for teens under the age of 17. [25 minutes]

  • Confronting Drunk Driving (#103)

    This program features the true story of a young man who, as a result of his actions, lost his two best friends in a drunk driving accident when he was a teenager. Today, Mike Poveromo tours the nation’s high schools to share his story, and to warn students never to drink and drive. In addition to Mike’s dramatic story, viewers will also hear from law enforcement officers who explain the legal risks involved in drinking and driving, including jail sentences. Viewers also hear from emergency room physicians who describe the traumas and deaths they have seen as a result of drunk driving. The program offers tips for how to avoid being a passenger in a car driven by an intoxicated driver. [26 minutes]

  • Bombed! (#104)

    Bombed! exposes the truth about alcohol consumption. Segments feature a spring-break crowd in Florida who suffer the consequences of binge drinking, and the emergency room treatment of a teen with alcohol poisoning whose stomach is pumped. [27 minutes]

  • Party Smart: Avoiding Party Meltdowns (#105)

    This program profiles real kids at real parties that have spiraled out-of-control. The lethal combination of unsupervised parties, alcohol, drugs, and in some cases, weapons, too often results in injury, property damage, arrests, and lawsuits. The second half of the program teaches SMART strategies to help teens plan safe celebrations. [23 minutes]

  • What Is Alcoholism? (#107)

    This video offers a glimpse into the struggles of teen alcoholics. Viewers will meet four real teens from different ethnic backgrounds who share their stories of alcohol abuse and recovery. A psychologist who specializes in issues surrounding adolescent alcoholism, offers important information on how easily teens can become addicted to alcohol, and explains some of the unique problems faced by youth who become addicted. Advice is offered for how to seek help in overcoming alcohol addiction. [22 minutes]

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