Using vivid case studies involving teens, along with interviews with health experts, shows that teenage drinkers are more likely to experience health problems, school problems and social dysfunction. Using a fast-paced format, shows the effects of alcohol on the liver, immune system, and gastro-intestinal system; and how binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning and death. Explains how alcohol impacts brain development during adolescence and permanently damages parts of the brain associated with memory. Details how a mother’s drinking during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and its impact on her child’s entire life. Includes harrowing first-person accounts of teens’ DUI tragedies involving serious injury, passenger deaths and imprisonment. Describes the legal ramifications of underage drinking. Helps viewers determine whether they have a drinking problem, plus where and how to get help.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
It is difficult to walk the line between social drinking as a rite of passage and the dangers of alcohol abuse when talking to teens. This program does an excellent job with a difficult subject. The initial graphics are choppy and quick moving, providing a feeling of immediacy by showing scenes of teens drinking, kids in the hospital, and teens being arrested. Case studies, accounts of DUI accidents, and interviews with an emergency room doctor, a mom whose child died from alcohol poisoning, a neuro-psychologist, and young people who have abused alcohol help explain the dangers of teenage drinking. The inclusion of a teen born with fetal alcohol syndrome is a particularly powerful illustration of the effects of alcohol abuse. Viewers will relate to the teen-on-the-street style interviews. The computer graphics of alcohol's affect on the human body are interesting, but the text that accompanies some sections doesn't remain on screen long enough. Among the other topics covered are health problems related to alcohol abuse, binge drinking, driving under the influence, legal ramifications of DUI, and a section to help students determine if they have a problem with alcohol. The exceptionally well-done teacher's resource book includes excellent student activities and fact sheets that reinforce the film's message. This powerful testament to the dangers of teen drinking would be an excellent addition to the health curriculum.
- Barbara Skaryd Fecteau, Beverly High School, MA
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