Sunday, September 20, 2009

Alcohol Dependency Effects, Alcohol Addiction Signs, and Alcoholism Statistics

By Denny Mitchell

Mr. Richards was one of three health instructors at a large metropolitan high school located in the Midwestern part of the U.S. For "Alcohol Effects Month" he decided he would center his teaching agenda on the following three subject areas: alcohol dependency effects, alcohol addiction symptoms and signs, and alcoholism statistics.

After Mr. Richards finalized the subject matter for his students, he came to the conclusion that he would pass out the out-of-class assignments the following Monday morning. When the date and time came for the class assignments, Mr. Richards handed out some introductory information about alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse and then told his students about the three alcohol-related subjects he selected.

Mr. Richards answered some questions and then discussed the paperwork he handed out. He then talked around fifteen minutes about the major differences between alcohol addiction and alcohol abuse. Mr. Richards also emphasized the fact that the terms "alcoholism," "alcohol dependency," and "alcohol addiction" meant the same thing.

As the students excitement increased, Mr. Richards thought it would be a good time to tell his students about their assignments. He first mentioned that 50% of the assignment included writing a thirty page, double-spaced research paper about one, two, or all three of the alcohol-related topics. He then informed the students that the other 50% of their assignment would be a twenty-minute class presentation in front of the other students that centered on their research project.

As recognition for their outstanding scholarly attainment, the student with the top grade on the oral presentation and on his or her research project will be asked to present his or her findings at the regional alcohol and drug abuse convention at the county seat during the last week in May.

After Mr. Richards explained both parts of their assignment, almost everyone in the class said they needed a more explicit description and an example of one of the sub-topics that they could chose for their oral presentation and for their term paper. In a word, while all of the students seemed fascinated with the assignment, they required additional direction so they could side-step turning in a less than exceptional project.

Mr. Richards was well prepared for the questions that followed and so he started to discuss four or five alcohol addiction symptoms and signs that the students could research. For instance, Mr. Richards listed the following alcoholism signs and symptoms: boasting and a "big shot" complex, loss of control, an obsession with drinking, getting arrested for a DUI, and cloudy thinking.

Because there were numerous alcoholism signs and symptoms from which to choose, Mr. Richards articulated that he was not going to lose any sleep over the likelihood that two or more pupils would decide upon the exact same alcohol dependency signs and symptoms for their research paper and their presentation. In point of fact, even if more than one classmate selected the identical alcohol addiction symptoms or signs, this would not be a big issue due to the fact that each pupil would have his or her own way of researching and presenting the subject matter.

Mr. Richards then emphasized the fact that although there were more than a few alcohol dependency signs and symptoms from which to select, the pupils were also able to concentrate their research on alcoholism statistics or on alcoholism effects. When the extensive range of all three topics was taken into consideration, it became apparent that the number of doable research topics was almost limitless.

Why did Mr. Richards select alcoholism signs and symptoms, alcoholism effects, and alcohol dependency statistics as the topics for this class project? Mr. Richards' fundamental objective was that by asking each student to investigate one, two, or three of the alcoholism topics he assigned, all the students would have a better grasp of a significant and multifaceted topic such as alcohol addiction.

Mr. Richards also thought that by challenging his students to raise their comprehension about the detrimental and deadly effects of alcoholism and the deplorable existence that most alcohol addicted people struggle through, his students might think more intelligently before they get involved in damaging and unhealthy drinking.

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