Alcohol

Alcohol

by Anne Rooney
     
 

Teen FAQ gives the low-down on some of the most important issues and concerns facing teenagers today.

The media is full of stories about teenagers binge drinking, and alcohol seems to be a growing problem. But is it really a problem if some people choose to drink too much? And what exactly does it do to your body?

This book gives the straight facts about

Overview

Teen FAQ gives the low-down on some of the most important issues and concerns facing teenagers today.

The media is full of stories about teenagers binge drinking, and alcohol seems to be a growing problem. But is it really a problem if some people choose to drink too much? And what exactly does it do to your body?

This book gives the straight facts about alcohol, addresses teenagers concerns, and offers help for anyone affected by an alcohol problem.

Features include:

Agony aunt-style advice letters

First-person accounts of real-life problems

Facts and statistics that reveal the truth behind the headlines

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Deanna D'Antonio
Alcohol is one in a series of six books created by Black Rabbit/Arcturus Publishing aimed at addressing sensitive issues for the concerned and/or curious teen. Although the series purports to provide guidance and in-depth information on the topics discussed, presentation is largely lackluster and clinical. Alcohol is no exception. Though interspersed with interesting facts and tidbits, the book lacks a certain human element, despite the inclusion of first-person accounts, instead maintaining a perfunctory air. The consequences and ramifications of imbibing too much, too often for all parties involved—from a medical perspective; from a legal perspective; from the perspective of a teenage girl who was taken advantage of while intoxicated; from the perspective of a drunken teen driver responsible for the injuries or lives of friends and strangers; from the perspective of an adolescent concerned for the welfare of a parent, sibling or friend—is conspicuously absent. The good, the bad and the ugly need to be laid bare, so as not to leave readers feeling neither good nor bad, but indifferent. That being said, there are some salient points made. For teens concerned about alcohol in-take, the relative measurements of standard servings of alcohol and safe daily limits are helpful (although exclusive of much vital extenuating information—i.e. body weight, prescription contraindications, age, diet, family history or involvement in activities that require attention and focus). Knowing the recovery position could possibly save a life. The advice to never leave a drink unattended—alcoholic or not—could save a considerable amount of undue anxiety and heartache. Taking steps to plan out travel arrangements before drinking is smart and sensible. The possibility of incurring liver damage by mixing alcohol with any cold remedies containing paracetamol (a widely-used, over-the-counter analgesic and fever reducer) is good information to have. A list of websites included in the back for receiving help for oneself or a loved one is of inestimable value—but it's unlikely any teen would come to know this information if they deem the text in front of them remote or unrelatable. Alcohol marks a good text for completing reports or class projects, but lacks conviction as a trusted or understanding advisor. Reviewer: Deanna D'Antonio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848377028
Publisher:
Arcturus Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Teen FAQ Series
Pages:
46
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

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