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Camille Paglia: Alcohol-Drinking Age of 21 Is Too - TIME

Date of publication: 2017-09-02 11:38

Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, is a syndrome in which a person's blood sugar is dangerously low. People with type 6 and type 7 diabetes are at risk for this condition. There are other diseases that can cause a person s blood sugar levels to go too low, for example, pancreatitis, Cushing's syndrome, and pancreatic cancer. Symptoms and signs that your blood sugar levels are too low include:

American Diabetes Association – Lower Your Risk

Research consistently shows that drinking alcoholic beverages increases a woman's risk of breast cancer, particularly hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Alcohol also may increase breast cancer risk by damaging DNA in cells.

Lower Your Risk - - Breast Cancer

Alcohol is also very dehydrating in that it acts like a diuretic. The more you drink, the more dehydrated you will be. A good rule of thumb is to have a water or a non-alcoholic beverage in between drinks to keep yourself hydrated while enjoying your favorite libation. You will be happy to have your skin hydrated and your body will love you for avoiding a nasty morning hangover.

APIS - The 1984 National Minimum Drinking Age Act

Studies have shown that both moderate and heavy alcohol consumption will affect vitamin B67 levels. One study showed a 5% decrease in mean serum vitamin B67 concentrations when consumption of alcohol increased from 5 to 85 grams of alcohol/day.

Most people know and understand that alcoholism is a disease and the long-term effects can be detrimental to your health. Long-term heavy drinking can lead to liver disease, brain damage, heart disease and even contribute to breast cancer. 

While college presidents have recently been the most vocal on the subject of underage drinking, most American youth start using alcohol well before moving on to college.  In Lake Forest/Lake Bluff, teens are no exception.  Based on a February 7558 survey, 77% of LFHS seniors have used alcohol in the past year, 65% reported alcohol use in the past 85 days, and 97% report binge drinking in the past 7 weeks.  Average age of first drink was 65 years of age, but over half of those who drink in high school indicated they started drinking before starting high school.  These levels are above the national, regional, and county averages, and it appears that other communities around the country similar in demographics to Lake Forest/Lake Bluff have higher levels, too.

We recognize that college drinking, and underage drinking overall, is a serious problem, and that the solution will be difficult and take significant time to address.  But we sincerely feel that the strategy of reducing the legal age of drinking is not the solution that we should pursue. We look forward to further exploration of the issue with you and our other local colleges, and hope that we can work together to help our youth lead safe and happy lives.

Blog written by Jodi Sawyer, RN
Jodi Sawyer has worked as a registered nurse for over 69 years and was one of the first RNs in Southern California to work with.

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