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, lluwdiy. Mirch 4, im- Poll results released Growl conducts survey In each of these groups of numbers, the first one is the actual number total. The second, number in parentheses is the percentage of that group's total respondents. Tor exanple, 102 students checked A in question 5, which nes.iin 62 per cent thought it was the; correct 1-2 Grade and Sex: 15 J6 I V 1 1 18 19 ·········^··^^^^·^^M^^H 4. An alcoholic is a person: A) Whose drinking, regardless uf Ihe amount, causes a problem in his daily functioning at home or elsewhere · Bi Who may not drink often, but gels quile drunk when he docs drink C) Who drinks every day D) Who feels alcohol is necessary for him lo relax or enjoy himself . E) Any of Ihe above person's blood alcohol concentration can only be: A) .08 per cent B) One per cent C) 1.5 per cent D) Fivu per cenl E) Donl' know pounds, how many 12 oz. cans of beer can be consumed wilhin a two-hour period without risking i n t o x i c a t i o n or d r i v i n g impairment? A) One or two cans B) Three or four cans C) Five lo seven cans D) Eight or more cans E) Don't know 1. To sober up, one should: A J Drink coffee B) Eal food C) Take a cold shower Di None of the above TOTAL (1 164 *·«···· 23 51 65 24 1 37 (23) 4 ( 2 ) 20 ( 1 2 ) 51 (31) 63 (38) 102 (62) 0 0) 15 9 9 6 38 2?) '70 (43) 41 (251 10 ( 6) 6 ( 4) 34 (21) 42 26 18 11 22 n 86 (52 MALES ("0 FEPALES («0 82 (50) 82 (50) 8 28 30 16 0 15 23 35 o 1 19 (23) 1? (?:) 3 ( 4 ) 1 ( 1} 8 (10) 12 (15) 23 (28) 28 (-"0 31 (38) 12 0°) 54 (6 0 It t 5 12 1 "*3 (4 6 -'»« (f^ 0 0 ( 0 ) 1 4 ( 0 6 4 ( 0 5 26 (·?) n) 17 (liO 25 (31) 16 (20) 5 ( 6 ) 5 ( *} jj f 5) ? ( ?) 15 (18) 1«5 (2't) 17 (21) 25 11) 9 ( 9) n n) 9 ( U ) 13 i*) 48 (59) ip, (hf\ SOPHS _(_?! JKS. (#) sRrj_(jl 53 (33) ^ (33) 57 (15) y r n ZS 34 o 5 26 ?'( 0 I 22 0 0 1 ···^···^····i l«|.(26 1 0 ( 1 9 ) 13(23) 1 ' ?) 5 ( 2 ) Z ( ^ 7 '13) 5 ' 9; « (Iff) 18 ' 3*) 18 (33 N tS (26) 19 (34) 20 (37) ^ (#.) 39 (?'0 i? (69) 2$ (W) 0 ( 0 ) 0 ( 0 ) 0 ( 0 ) 5 f n j 1 ( 1 ) 3 ( ' s j ?·: (47^ ?6 (4?*} 10 (TO 10 ("Ul^ o ( 1 7 ^ l / j ) T ^ 1 ( 2 ) T ( ' 6 ) 6 (\\{ 1 ( 2 ) 2 ( 4 ) T ( 0 ·°- ( 1 5 ) 12 ( 2 2 ) 14 (20 15 (28) 10 (10) 17 (-.0) '' ( P) 2 ( 4) 12 (21) o (i?) f, ni\ ^ (}pN Spotlight Staff | A/CO/IO//CS are . ttieSixrtllahtisDubUshedbythe Keporters LesCarr. 8 P'ODICm III W J TOe Spotlight is published by the Associated Students of Nampa High School in cooperation with the Idaho Free Press, the office of publication is 203 Lake Lowell, Nampa, Idaho 83651. Spotlight Editor .Kobin Neltinga Spotlight Associate Editors Rennae Davis, DianeSmilh, Becky Tiller News Editors... .Daron Cowley, Mike Zellner Photographers. .Mark Barnard, Juan Barrera, Bob Dossett, Dan Green, Chris Gunning, Sandy Conner, Calhi Cotnils, g Valerie Good, Jim Herald, -S Chris Smith, Audi Taylor, !; April Thomas, g Journalism I Students -j: Sporls Editor.. Robin McDonald 8 number Growl Co-EditorsLori Freeman, § fs u ma ie Mark Palmer g Business manager Dana Sherrill There are nine millioif a | C8 |,olis in the I'nitrd Stain, eitlmattd one local hot pital Hf said thai »as a conservative and it k«ps growing each }etr , Mos , peo plf are alcoholics twforethey realiif it, Pam McAlisler, Morgan Persons, Kevin Stevens, firegWare Advertising Salesmen S he added. CorrieDean, Penny Hall, 3 \o one has come up with t CyndeeMittelstedt.Sj solution to this problem, but David Moore, DorwinRhoades ·:·: suggestions lo hospital doctors ,, . ! . , . , r and psychologists are a l w u v s Circulation ManagerLupe Loera « K * h Layout Editor.. JaleneSpangler :·:· Adviser GayleMoore :·:· Prinlers Idaho Free Press 5- Reader needs information for evaluation Poll, methods explained Sonic information and explanations are in order before Ihe leader attempts lo evaluate Ihis survey. First, Growl undertook this project simply lo find out Ihe facts. Humors and personal opinions flying aboul (he past Iwo weeks have raised a number of (|ueslioiis. Grow) did not set oul lo "prove a point" or decide whose opinions are "rigbl or wrong." Second, polling ihc entire student body was impossible, moslly for lack of lime. 1! was also unnecessary if carefully d e v i s e d procedures were followed. They were. This survey ilself and Ihe process for obtaining Ihe results were checked w i t h a p r o f e s s i o n a l s l a l i s t i c i a n f a m i l i a r ivitli scientifically sampling large groups. The methods and poll were appropriate, lie said. Biology, English 3, and Sociology students participated pound person in a in this survey. Those three period. A person's ····························*«·«··········· classes are required for sophomores, juniors and seniors respectively. There was no way any student could fill out two surveys and t h e particular classes were randomly selected. An approximately equal number of tnales and females participated. As a result, more lhan 10 per cent of Hie student body has been surveyed as accurately as possible. Thai percentage is more lhan enough (o insure Ihe poll's validity. No random survey contains all of (he answers. t:ul it can contain a representative sampling of Ihe whole. Thai was Growl's goal. The questions themselves need some explanations. There is no firm definition of an alcoholic. A local hospital administrator lisled all of Iliese choices as definitions, or more correctly, descriplions of an alcoholic. He said that if any one of them is preferred by doctors and psychologists il is probably Ihe first one. To be legally drunk in Id.ilio, one only needs .OU per cent blood alcohol concentration. Idaho has one of the iowesl BAC levels in the country. Several factors influence how much alcohol one can consume before becoming intoxicated. Someone unused lo drinking will become drunk sooner than a regular drinker. One cannot drink as much on an empty slomach as a f t e r eating. Medicalion in one's system will reduce his alcoho! tolerance. But the most common and stable factor for comparison purposes is body weight. Four beers is Ihe maximum for a 180 two-hour capacity relation lo the number who drink. II would not be fair to ask if Ihe students d r i n k without learning the frequency, 11 is up lo the reader to draw his own conclusions whether loo many students drink and whether they drink loo ofteo. Drunken drivers are a problem involving everyone who travels anywhere by car, A rclaled slory elsewhere in Ihis issue deals with thai matter. Anyone adding up the numbers or percentages will want a n o t h e r e x p l a n a t i o n Occasionally, they will not lotai lOu per cent because some respondents left that question b l a n d . In olher cases, Ihe numbers may exceed 100 per cenl because more than one answer was checked, even though the instructions specified one check. 11 is conceivable that a rcsoondenl could have found more than one answer possible for questions 4 , 7 (although any olher lhan D were wrong) and 15. Growl has Ihose numbers on file hul omitled them here for the sake of simplicity. The results are grouped into several classifications. Anyone wishing a more detailed breakdown should contact Ihe Growl office. ··············*······ DRDKS (Tiro-hour Period) Height 1j oz, 86 Liquor or 12 oz, Beer increases or decreases proportionately with his weight. (One I2nunce can of beer erjuals \'-i ounces of 86 proof liquor or four ounces of w i n e . i Contrary lo myths, (here is no way lo sober up olher lhan Jetting nature take its course. Assessing w h e t h e r N1IS sludcnts have a drinking problem is a personal, subjective judgment. Ilul those best in a position lo know are probably Ihe students t h e m selves. "Drugs" is a general term for a multitude of stimulants and depressants. Growl introduced Ihe subject into this survey only lo determine the number who participate in this activity in JO 11 10 11 10 11 10 11 6 7 8 9 10 11 7 8 9 10 11 7 8 9 10 11 8 9 10 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 Men a guest leaves your party with ,IO# Blood Alcohol Concentration, the oddo are increased seven timss that h« or she will be involved in an ante accident. In fact, wh«n BAC reaches more than ,05#, reflex time and depth perception are impaired. /- _ _ · · · · · need some explanations. parlicipale in this activity in W w W W V ············( Questionnaire revealing StudyrevedsteenQtt|tudesabouf drinking fl. Do you think NIIS students : inv a drinking problem? Ves No 9. Have you ever tried drugs ( e x c l u d i n g a l c o h o l ) in any form' 1 Yes No ID. If so. do you still use drugs ' e x c l u d i n g a l c o h o l ) in any f o r m ? Ves No l l . Have you ever had any alcoholic beverages lo drink' Yes \n 12. Do vmi Mill drink' Yes No Those w h o answered No to No. 11 or No. 12. stopped here. The test of the questions were for drinkers nnh ). 111. How f r r q u e n t l v do you drink' A i Daily BI More t h a n once a week, but nol daily C An average of once a vcek I)i Two or three times a month E An average of once a month Fi A few times a year, but nol m o n t h l y 14. Wilhin Ihe last month, how many limes have you been d r u n k ? A : None al all IS) Once Ci Two or three times D! Four or more times 15. When you drink, do you usually drink: A) Beer R) Wine Cl flard liquor Di All of Ihe above 16. When you have been intoxicated, have you driven? Ai Never B) Once or Iwice C) Three or four limes TOTAL (*) 62 (38} 97 (59) 89 (54) 42 (26) 27 (17) 145 (88) 18 (U) 100 (61) 46 (28) 2 1) 12 ?) 20 12) 24 (15) 15 ( 9) 25 (15) 47 (29 19 (12 20 (12 13 ( 8 59 (36) 12 ( 7) 17 (10) 22 (13) 21 13) 11 7 20 12) HALES (%) FEKALES (f) 2? (TJ) 35 (43) .54 (66) 43 (52) 4? (57) 2? (11) 2? (31) 14 (17) 15 OR) 12 ( i s ) 72 (88) T* (80) 10 (1?) P OO) (66) 46 (S6) 18 (22) 2? H) 1 ( 0 1 ( D 10 (12) 2 2) 12 15) 8 (10 17 (21) 7 ( 9) 8 (10) 7 ( 9) 5 ( 6 ) 2 0 (24) 23 2f 10 i; 10 i; 11 1- 1 24 (29 9 (U ' 10 (12 5 2 ( 2 32 (39) 28 (34) 6 ( 7 ) 6 ( 7 fl (10) 9 (11) 15 ( I B ) 7 ( 9) 22 (2' 8 (1( 8 (1 16 (2 7 25 30 3 12 15) 3 3 0 3 5 6) SOPHS (%) JRS. (%} SRS. (%) 18 (-=4) 22 (IH\ ' ?2 (10) V (5°) 32 (59) 34 (60) 22 (42) 20 (37) 32 (56) ·^ (57) ^J (63) 25 (44) 12 (21 X 10 (10) 20 (-5) 10 no) 9 (n) 10 (IP) 4* ( C 7 ) 45 (83) 54 (95) 7 (n fl (15) 3 ( 5) 15 (28) 20 (-57) in (IB; 0 ( 0 ) 2 ( 4 ) 0 ( 0 4 8 ) 2 ( 4) 6 (11 5 9 ) 5 ( 9 ) 1 0 ( 1 7 7 13) 5 ( 9) 12 (21) 7 (13) 5 ( 9 ) ? ( 5) 7 (13) 5 ( °) H (23 N 14 (26) 13 (24) 20 35) 7 (13) 4 7) 8 14 6 (11) 3 6) 11 19) 3 ( 6 ) 5 9 ) 5 9 ) 17 (32 13 (24) 29 (51 5 ( 9 2 ( 4 ) 5 ( 9 2 ( 4 4 7 ) 1 1 ( 1 9 9 (1? 7 (13) * (11 21 (40 14 (26 12 21) 3 ( 6 4 ? ^ 2 5 ) 3 6 2 ( 4 6 1 1 ) 3 ( 6 5 ^ 9 1 2 2 1 ) b y U m i K K K E M A N According to a Unilcd Stales Department of Trausporlation 1975 survey, approximately half ol Ihe students in Ihe United Slates participate regularly m imsuperviscd d r i n k i n g with their peers at least once a monlh or more often. This survey was t a k e n among h i g h school students, freshmen t h r o u g h seniors. The study reveals thai high school sludenls are in contact wilh alcohol-related situations almost as often as adults. A base high school sample showed lhal Hi per cent have conlacl less lhan once a month, 34 per cenl have no drinking conlacl. and SO per cenl have contact once a monlh or more often. Most of Ihe surveyed drinkers tend to be older teens, but 25 per cenl are 15 years or younger. Slightly more are males, yet four in 10 are females. The group surveyed is nol dropout oriented or u n d e r - a c h i e v i n g . Fifty-three per cent plan lo go through college. They reporl Ihe same range of sports and extracurricular activities as Ihe studcnls who are nol involved in social drinking. Of Ibe 50 per cent surveyed drinkers. 45 per cenl say they drink once a week, twice a'week". or more Of Ihis 45 per cenl, 39 per cent consumed between one and Itirce drinks, 29 per cent four or more drinks, and 14 per cenl nine or more drinXs. lA drink was defined as a 12 ounce can of beer, four ounces of wine, or I' : ounces of 86 proof liquor. I Sixly-one per cent ol the drinkers replied (hat they had been "pretty drunk" al least once and 15 per cent had been drunk four or more limes in Ihe last monlh. lieei was the alcoholic beverage consumed mosl often. Kor teenagers, on Ihe average, intoxication o c c u r s aller drinking four 12 ounce cans of beer within a two-hour period. In the survey 42 per cent said five lo seven cans and 15 per cent Ihoughl eighl cans or Beer seems eosy for feens to obtain more could be consumed in a two-hour period before i n - toxication took place. Black coffee, food, ur a cold shower mighl «:ike up n person, bill Ihey wilt not sober up a person. Students showed tbei? ignorance in the survey when 7C per cent believed lhal cold showers and 52.per cent believed black coffee are e f f e c t i v e devices (o sober up. They tend lo bs much more socially and group-oriented than youlhs who do nol drink. Their drinking lends lo he a social activity. It is also encouraged by their desire lo experiment wilh new experiences. The majority of Ihe 50 per cent appear mosl concerned about conforming to peer group norms. It is apparent that most teenagers do nnl worry about Ihe consequences of gelling slopped by the police for possession and being under the influence ol alcohol. Sixtv-siv per cent of nationally surveyed high school drinkers say liicy have driven while under Ibe influence of nlcuhol. Anyone convicted of driving while under the influence of jail sentence ol up lo 180 days. According lo Ihe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol plays a role in 50 per cent of all highway deaths. Of alcohol-related fatalities, an estimated Iwo- thirds involve problem drinker- drivers (compulsive drinkers or outright alcoholics). The olher one-third of alcohol-related accidents involve social drinkers and young drivers who are learning lodrivoat the same time thai they are learning to drink. In Idaho, a driver is considered to be under the influence if he has .08 per cent alcohol in his blood. Alcohol is a depressant not a stimulant. It acts on Ihe control : cenlers of the brain lo depress ' them. Brain delerioralion Ihen ' takes place. Alcohol also ' irritates liver tissue, often i making it more susceptible to ; " " ' ' is burned up There is help for alcoholics \ and people who have a drinking * nrnKlnn\ I.,,);..: j ° J "Any person who shall sell. give, or furnish, or cause lo be sold, g i v e n , 01 f u r n i s h e d . alcoholic or intoxicating liijiior to a person under the age of nineteen HO) years, cxcepl for medicinal purposes, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. A second or subsequent violation of this section by the same d e f e n d a n t shall consliiule a felony. " ( Idaho f 'ode. Section 23- Mli (Jrowl recently craiduclerl a survey of f i v e grocery stores in Nampa lo see if they would seil being male or female made any dilference. No difference was found. The beer w o u l d have been sold to eilher sex. Age atsci .seemed to make no difference. Two seniors and one junior, all nmfcr is, conducted Ihe survey. Ki'cn though il would have been possible lo buy Ihe beer, il war, nol actually purchased. The beer was laken to the coupler and Ihr cosl rung up. If no i d e n l i f i c a l i o r . was requested, t h e n Hie excuse of having no problem. Individuals may get prescribed sedatives to culm , , , . --- - "cold-turkey" reactions or thev ..Icohol or drugs may be fined up may join Alcoholics Anonymous lo$.ll», may lose his license for as a g r o u p psychotherapy six months, and may receive a treatment. '""n-rapy Editorials There is a problem hcer io persons under 19 years of m " no 1was «'«'" b ' «ic student. -- ·· } " Hie survey rcsulls arc age. Of the five slores, ap- prnached a (otal of seven times, all would have sold the beer in each instance. The stores i n c l u d e d two private businesses, two small chain-name slorrs, and a large, w i d e l y - k n o w n grocery slore. (Jrnwl Iried lo pick slorcs where there was Hie possibility of being lurned down as well a.s the possibility of being ,iblc In buy I lie beer. conclusive, il is very easy for minors lo buy heer in N a m p a . If they wanl il badly enough, they can gel il. II should be noted lhal Ihis poll does nol prove any slorc will always sell beer lo minors or Dial all slorcs will sell hecr. Also, no sales wore l o l a l l y completed in order lo prolecl tlic sludcnls. Because Ihe sales had been rung up, il would appear, II is a known fact lhal there is at leasl a sm-,n if ,, , i be bought by anyo There are numerous o selves. ablem "»m- The survey was conducted by though, lhal Ihesc five slores one boy and Iwo girls lo see if has "caused lobe sold" alcohol. stop the selling of alcohol lo under w --Lori Freeman

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