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As I awoke from a deep sleep I realized that someone was repetitiously pounding on the door. I watched my young mother suspiciously stumble down the hall to look through the peephole, and quickly open the door. It was the police? As a four-year-old child this concerned me. I overheard the police discussing with my mother that there has been a bad accident, but he continued to tell her that he is sorry to inform her this way and her husband was in the accident and passed away. I watched as the horror from my mom's eyes quickly turned into tears. She did not want to wake me but little did she know I was already awake. He told her if she had any questions that he would be happy to answer them. My mom continued with a line of questions of how and where? The police officer proceeded to tell her where and that is was caused by drinking and driving. That night December 22, 1985 was the night I found out that not only my father, but my idol, made the decision to drive impaired and kill himself. He was to selfish to turn the keys over to someone else and killed two other people. Drinking and driving kills. Now as an adult looking back I wonder what does alcohol do to your body, what prevention strategies my loved ones can take to help others, and last the risks of driving impaired. What does alcohol do to your body? Once alcohol is consumed it is absorbed by ones blood system and can be measured as Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). One drink can decrease and individuals ability to react more quickly than normal. The rate of absorption in ones body varies by an individuals height, weight, and experience with alcohol....
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There is no doubt that the problem of drunk driving has reached academic proportions in America, especially among young people. Rob Waldron has seen his share of accidents that have had something to do with the consumption of alcohol. The most tragic of these events came when his brother, who attended a frat party and drank heavily, took his own life in a drunk driving accident. Waldron believes the death of his brother could have been prevented if colleges would take responsibility for the actions of students on their campuses. Colleges should look at the activities of students and develop ways to allow students to conduct traditional campus activities (such as fraternity parties) without putting their own lives in danger. Drinking will not stop on college campuses; it is part of the college experience. However, administrators can develop rules and regulations to ensure the safety of students who choose to drink. Abolishing social houses will not solve the problem, as Waldron states. Rather, colleges should fund security of some kind to prevent drunk students from driving around campus. Waldron's family proposed a fund be developed to pay a police officer to patrol the main entrance to the Middlebury campus and stop drivers who appear to be intoxicated. The campus shot this idea down. The problem will not be solved until there is intervention by colleges. Colleges seem to be hands off when it comes to the controversial issue of drinking and driving. Waldron believes that colleges refuse to touch this issue, because "taking responsibility for drinking and driving will make trustees and college presidents legally liable for college students' drunk-driving behavior." This is true, however, colleges have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all students regardless of the nature of their activities. Drinking and driving will never be controlled until colleges...
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Alcohol's importance in our social history is significant. Even more significant is the abuse of alcohol and the how alcoholism has effected modern society. However, before the word "alcoholism" was ever spoken, alcohol was used for many purposes such as settling battles, giving courage in battles, celebrating festivals and wooing lovers. The history of alcohol can be traced all the way back to the Egyptians. In Egyptian burials, it was used to help the dead's journey to the afterlife. There is also evidence that the Babylonians, around 1600 BC, knew how to brew 20 different types of beer. It was also around this time that alcohol was tied to abuse. The Babylonians made their laws include punishments against drunkenness. The Greeks and the Romans drank mostly wine, and they loved it so much that they worshipped Dionysus, the god of wine. When they worshipped, the Greeks and Romans would become extremely intoxicated. Their writings are full of warnings against drinking too much. In 55 BC, the Romans introduced beer, right before alcohol become important in religious cultures. The Old Testament refers to alcohol numerous times, and wine plays an important role in the rituals of many religions. Wine was sanctified by Jesus in the New Testament, and many Roman Catholics still drink wine today as part of their worship. Some religions, like Judaism and Christianity, wanted to keep alcohol sacred, so they made drinking too much alcohol into a sinful act. But alcohol's popularity grew fast, and by the Middle Ages, many monasteries were making beer to give to the monks and to sell to pilgrims. Soon, home breweries were showing up, and they became taverns and other public places where people could gather to drink. The making of alcohol, specifically beer, was not modernized until the time of the Renaissance. Science played...
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The Dangers of Drinking and Driving Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to see the dangers of drinking and driving. Central Idea: To tell my audience about how drinking and driving is morally wrong, dangerous, and its consequences. I. Introduction A. Have you or do you know someone who has received a D.U.I.? B. Personally, I know plenty of people who have gotten a D.U.I. and still have not learned their lesson. C. All injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving are completely preventable. D. Unfortunately, drunk drivers cause over twenty percent of all traffic fatalities in the United States each year. E. Drunk driving is still a serious worldwide problem that tragically affects thousands of victims each year. II. Body A. Driving under the influence is obviously morally wrong. 1. It shows how you have a careless and irresponsible attitude towards other people's lives. B. Driving while either intoxicated or drunk is dangerous. 1. The major danger of driving while intoxicated is that you can injure yourself or even someone else. 2. Drinking impairs a person's perception, judgement, coordination, and speech. a) All of these factors are important while driving to help you make responsible decisions. 3. Drivers with high blood alcohol content (BAC) are at increased risk of car accidents, highway injuries and deaths. a) "At 50% above the limit, your chances of being involved in a fatal or serious injury accident are five times higher than those of a completely sober driver." 4. As you can see there are many dangers that go along with drinking and driving. C. Along with the many dangers of drinking and driving there is a great deal of consequences as well. 1. You can lose your license from six months to ten years. 2. Fines can go from $3,800 to $6,000 depending on the amount of offenses. 3. Mandatory addiction screening and treatment. 4. Jail time up to 14 years. 5. A Criminal record. 6. These...
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So only one drink can't hurt at all. Right? Wrong. That one drink of alcohol and the decision you make to get in a car and drive, can lead you to killing someone, your own death, jail, financial loss, and much more. The most frequently committed violent crime in our nation is driving under the influence of alcohol or any other drug (DUI). There are two choices that you make when you drink and drive: to drink (or use other drugs) and then to drive afterwards. Drinking and driving, among young adults, can lead to major damages, socially, financially, health-wise and statistically. Many people wonder why young adults like us, drink and drive, when they know it's illegal. There are three main factors to why young adults drink. The most major and common reason is peer influence. This includes unwanted pressure more generally and involves a social expectation that certain kinds of events involve drinking (Simpson). Secondly, there are socially-based reasons ­ these are more common, and relate to the ways alcohol and drinking are used to facilitate social relations. Some examples of these are developing trust with friends and exploring sexual relationships. Alcohol is seen to serve both relaxing and bonding functions within the peer group, as well as providing an excuse for bad behavior. The third reason depends on the person individually. For example, drinking alcohol helps with changing moods, coping with stress and feeling happy. (Institute of Alcohol Studies) What are the results of drinking and driving? Besides the most common reasons like accidents and death, there are two results. The first result is more of the punishment. You have four convictions if you are caught with a DUI. The 1st conviction is minimum fine of $300 and a mandatory 48 consecutive hours in jail. The 2nd...
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Even though thousands of reasons have been listed to justify drinking alcohol, none of them is strongly and evidently convincing. We say, let us have a drink. I drink only occasionally. What is one drink going to do? Every body was drinking, so I had to join the crowd. I guess we say all that, just because we do not know. We do not know what? We do not know that one of the latest studies in Washington University had shown some indications, but not proved yet that one drink could impair thinking. Having a small amounts of alcohol shown to affect brain processes. Even with all that, People have been brewing and fermenting alcoholic drinks since the dawn of civilization. Consumed in moderate amounts, alcoholic beverages are relaxing and in some cases may even have beneficial effects on health. Consumed in excess, alcohol is poisonous to human systems and is considered a drug. Nearly 100,000 Americans die each year as a result of alcohol abuse, and alcohol is a factor in more than half of the country's homicides, suicides, and traffic accidents. Alcohol abuse also plays a role in many social and domestic problems, from job absenteeism and crimes against property to spousal and child abuse. The immediate physical effects of drinking alcohol range from mild mood changes to complete loss of coordination, vision, balance, and speech -- any of which can be signals of the temporary systemic poisoning known as acute alcohol intoxication, or drunkenness. These effects usually wear off in a matter of hours after a person stops drinking. Many law-enforcement agencies regard a .08 percentage of alcohol in the bloodstream as evidence of intoxication. Larger amounts of blood alcohol can impair brain function and eventually cause unconsciousness; an extreme overdose can be fatal. Alcoholism can also lead to impotence...
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Holden Caulfield, portrayed in the J.D. Salinger novel Catcher in the Rye as an adolescent struggling to find his own identity, possesses many characteristics that easily link him to the typical teenager living today. The fact that they book was written more than forty years ago clearly exemplifies the saying "boys will be boys…" no matter what period of time is taking place. Holden's actions are those that any teenage can clearly relate with. The desire for independence, the sexually related encounters, the questioning of one's religion, the individual view of the world as a whole, the language, and dealing with teenage pressures such as drinking and smoking are issues that almost all teens have had or will have to deal with in their adolescent years. Thusly, this novel and its main character's experiences can easily be related to and will forever link Holden with every member of society, because everyone was or will be a teen. The first and most obvious characteristic found in most teens, including Holden, would be the desire for independence. Throughout the novel, Holden is not once wishing to have his parents help in any way. He has practically lived his entire life in dorms at prestigious schools, and has learned quite well how to be on his own. "This tendency of teenagers took place even in ancient history, where the freshly developed teen opts to leave the cave and hunt for his own food" (Kegel 54). Every teenager tries, in his or her own way, to be independent. Instead of admitting to one's parents of a wrongful deed, the teen tries covering up the mistake or avoiding it in hopes that they won't get in any Bailey 2 trouble. They feel that they have enough intelligence to think through a problem without going to...
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The best example of terrorism in the present day was the attack on the Americans on September 11th when the world trade center was destroyed. It certainly caught the attention of the world and succeeded in its goal. Terrorism is defined as using terror-inspiring methods of governing: is this a productive political strategy? Terrorists usually campaign for their political view to be enforced. By drastic, extreme methods, such as the September 11th attack, terrorists are able to inspire fear and make their views known in effective ways. USA civilians mourned the loss of life on September 11th but they also mourned over their loss of faith in the system that protects them from any attack. This fear was created by terrorism. Action taken by terrorists is made more significant by the inevitable publicity terrorists crave. Gaining the public eye allows terrorists to emphasize the political point they are campaigning about well, which is exactly the desired effect of terrorist attacks. It is evident that terrorism is a successful means of displaying a message because US President George Bush made clear the motive of the suicide bombers on September 11th. He advertised their cause for them. A “war on terrorism” is almost impossible as terrorism is what might be called an abstract concept. Terrorism cannot be demolished through plain hand-to-hand combat, as the USA discovered in the Vietnam War against the communist guerrillas. Terrorism can only be abolished by the causes of terrorism being abolished, making the world a place free of grievances, which is almost impossible to achieve. Certain terrorist movements can be combated by intelligence agencies. However, terrorist operations ensure that their plans will not be known by many people, so it is extremely difficult for the intelligence agencies to find out what they are doing. This method of terrorist organisation is...
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History has shown that developing countries face many obstacles, one of which is disease. Diseases have had devastating effects on civilizations. The Roman Empire, Great Britain, China, and The United States all have had historical plagues that have killed thousands. The diseases that were so devastating to our past civilizations can now be seen in new civilizations, but in other forms. In the world today, nations like the United States and Great Britain have developed to a level where disease can be fought and prevented. Unfortunately, other nations have yet to develop to such a level. Even with treatment from other nations many nations still cannot afford the treatment needed. But, as millions die in South Africa each year, who is socially responsible or more importantly, who is going to pay for it? The South African government appears to be the reason for much of their problems. The South African government has failed at any attempt to stop their epidemic and has resisted their need for help. Since the South African government has neglected its own people outside measures appear to be needed. This has left the social responsibility to the world. The costs and efforts of this battle are tremendous and will take years along with billions of dollars to fight. In order to take on such a battle nations will need to unite and fight as one. Organizations like the United Nations and World Health Organization have already started this battle. With the support from pharmaceutical companies and their nations, the battle can be won. In doing so, the needs of all the groups must be considered. No burden should be left on the shoulders of any single entity. Pharmaceutical companies appear to be willing to cut the costs of their drugs to a rate that is not beneficial for them,...
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Describe your career aspirations and why you have decided to enter Laurier's MBA program at this time. Upon graduating from university with a degree in mathematics, I embarked upon a career in consulting. I continued my education by enrolling in the Association of Investment Management of Research’s Chartered Financial Analyst program and successfully passed the first of three exams: Level I. While preparing and studying for this exam, I was concurrently gaining some exposure to the Financial Accounting division within my company, Hewitt Associates, and realized that my strength was in finance. I quickly became passionate about the subject and with much introspection, I realized that my true interests lay in the path of finance and accounting. Having a mathematical background, I have always been engaged with numbers and I believe that finance, coupled with accounting, would be an excellent outlet for my creative abilities. One might ask, “But why would you need an MBA?” My response would be that without the education and specialization that comes with a Laurier MBA-CMA, it would be quite difficult to enter my role of choice: Financial Accountant Analyst at Hewitt, which requires a CMA designation and prefers an MBA degree. Furthermore, the leading companies, like Hewitt and Ernst and Young, typically require an MBA and/or a CMA degree for managerial positions like Financial Planning & Analysis manager. Without the specialized financial accounting and management skills that would come with an MBA-CMA, I believe that it would take a long time to make my career move. My research of the school (from the Canadian Business’s most recent survey of Canadian MBA programs and What’s in a MBA? The Complete Guide to MBA and Executive MBA Programs in Canada by Rebecca Carpenter) has indicated that Laurier graduates speak highly of the specialized and integrated nature of the...
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