Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 26, 1974 · Page 23
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 23

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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As [ ~id Drug Usage Tapers Off Northwttl Arkanui* TIMES, Sun., May 26, 1*74 - , AJtKANUUi · 13B een-Age Alcholics On The Increase By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS " Mia, a pretty, red-haired teen-ager with enormous emerald-colored eyes, recalls the days when she put liquor in 'a nquor she baby bottle so that she could sip it during school. "I took it to school with me in the morning. And I drank on the way to school and kept it in a baby bottle so I could eip it all day long," Mia recalls. Now a 19 year old "recov ered" alcoholic, Mia started drinking when she was 11 yearj old. She is Involved in the Alco holies Anonymous program. 'Her 1 case is not an isolated one. A spokesman for the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol Information, a federal agency estimates that 450,000 people under 20 years of age are alcoholics or problem drinkers. The rhost recent government statistics on drinking were gathered jh 1971, but they did not break down drinking habits by agi groups. Another Federal nation wide survey is to be made tin iummer. ; The National Clearinghome Alcoholics Anonymous and oth ir organizations dealing with alcoholism agree that about 9 million Americans over the agi jpf 15 drink w i t h some regu larity. Of these, an estimate (line million are alcoholics o problem drinkers -- compare 5»ith five million 10 years ago. · Use of alcohol is apparcntl iurpassing the use of olhe drugs among the nation's teen agers. LIFE DESCRIBED · What's it like for a youngste to have a drinking problem Mia describes her life: '. "I got in with a crowd th was smoking pot and hiish. An taking pills and drinking vcr heavily. In my 12th grade yea I quit school. I couldn't cop any more. I couldn't walk in! the classroom any more. "Some days I did manage to et in. Classes were SO minutes and within 20 minutes I would passed out on the floor. And o one ever said anything to The teacher never said nything, you know. They idn't bother me. "As far as blackouts go, they were terrible. I left the house bout 10 a.m. with a bottle of odka in my hand and that's he last thing I remember. 1 ·andered back to the house round 5 or 6 p.m. with cratches and bruises and dirt, .nd I was all wet, I was a mess. "I had reached a point by TM r '. z( his time in my senior, year nollc hat it was compulsive. I couldn't control it any more. If saw a bottle in front of me, I drank it purely because it was here. No other reason. '.'Many mornings I'd wake up and I'd reach into the refrig era tor (or something to drink, a mixed drink that I had left over .he night, and some mornings I'd stand there holding it, say ng why do I need it? Why do I want it so badly? "And I couldn't come up with any answers. So I continued to drink. A compulsion. I drank to get drunk." D R I N K I N G HID Mia lived with her father and stepmother from the age of 11 to 18. then went to live with her mother and soon after joined Alcoholics Anonymous. She hid her drinking from her father and stepmother as long as possible. She said s h e drank because her stepmother "put me down and told me I was a noth- i'eenagers have always consumed alcohol, but the numbers of those who do appear to be increasing. A recent survey of 589 high school students in Washtenaw County. Mich., showed that 76 per cent of those polled had consumed alcohol, compared with M per cent in 1970. The Michigan survey found that teen agers are not only drinking more, they're drinking harder. In 1972, 20 per cent said they most frequently downed five or more drinks in one sitting. In 1970, only 12 per cent reported drinking heavily. Last November, a University of Arizona survey classified 61, 200 state residents under 24 as heavy, problem drinkers. Based on census figures, the study would indicate that among persons 13 to 24 years of age in Arizona, one In five is an alco- Alan Herzlin 1 director of educational programs at Freeport Hosoital, which operates a 52 bed alcoholic treatment cen ter at Freeport, N.Y. NUMBERS INCREASE "There are 'more young people who are getting into trouble with alcohol," he said. "From November, 1972, to the present, we've treated about 155 people at my last count under the age of 25. "So it's in volumes of young people coming in for treatment now. "What we're seeing now Is people are starting to drink elementary drinking." schools, In 1973, the National Council on Alcoholism found that the youngest alcoholics coming to [he group's attention had dropped in age from 14 to \'i. Why alcohol? Herzlin offers this explanation: "Because that's the socially acceptable drug of our society, really, the socially accepted drug of the world. And young people follow the footsteps of the other drugs they're we're seeing the same thing happening in oil parts of our their elders. "Because have pretty much run their course. In New York, we have vr-rv strict drue law. Bui country, the deterioration of the use of heroin and many of the amphetamine drugs. "But we also sec people get ting off hard drugs and becoming almost instant alcoholics." ENCOURAGED Young people are being encouraged to join Alcoholics Anonymous, oldest and largest organization for helping alcoholics. There are 650,000 members worldwide and, although an A.A. spokesman declines to estimate how many of these are teen agers, she does say "'there are lot* of teen-agers coming in. More and more young people." Mia reports that she was one of. the first young people in A.A. in her area. She began attending when she came to New York to live with, her mother. Now there are about 20, and they've formed a young people's group, she added. "Alcohol and drugs are the same thing. Alcohol is just a different kind of drug and you use it for the same reason. To get high. To escape. Whatever reasons you have. "But alcohol brings it much quicker. This is what I found. I quit 'drags after two swan MX! went Into the booze very, vary heavily because I felt I eould get drunk much quicker and, you know, stay drunk longer." Nationally, there are an estimated 7,500 alcohol treatment centers for all age group*. Columbus Hospital in New York City recently expanded ila alcohol treatment center to offer help to teen-agers with drinking problems. Dr. June Christmas, mental health and retardation commissioner, hat estimated that 66,000 youngsters in New York are problem drinkers. 'King 01 Herm' Finds Job Demands Untiring Effort ; By JOY STILLEY : NEW YORK (AP) -- He'was Wearing a pink stiirl and pink and black lie instead of royal robes, and there was no crown On his silver hair -- but the ''King of Hcrm" had a regal demeanor befitting the soje ;"ruler" of the smallest of Britain's Channel Islands. · As such he presides over a ! school, a hotel, a quaint pub, a JOO-year-old church, 45 resi- tlcnts and more than 100 pu- iebred Guernseys, each with its own name. When he Isn't being addressed by his unofficial title of 'King Peter, he is known ^Maj. Peter Wood. Tenant of Hcrm, an islind a half mile wide and one and a half miles long. It was in an effort to lure 'more U.S. tourisis lo the Channel Islands, which are tucked in between England and Franco, that he was In this country. ' Wood, former miijor in the ;Royal Engineers, fell in love Avith his miniature empire on a holiday visit. He leased Ihe island in 19« from the States of Guernsey. with whose help he ·'has changed it from a weecl- Rrown eyesore to a successful 'farming and vacation spot. ·: "Everything wus completely '(derelict a f t e r Hunn's occupation by the Germans during ·World War II," lie recalled. l"There was no clrctricity. and ·we had to have drinking water Chipped in. There were so .many things to he done. That 'first winter I listed them nil tand picked out the five most ·important to get at first." : HIS PRIORITIES · His priorities included cslab- 'Ushing a water supply system, "putting in a sewage disposal ·plant and underground electric Cables, rebuilding the houses. establishing communications tuch as telephones and a ferry to Guernsey, and developing a ·means of earning a living. .'· "We have the biggest milk ^producing farm in the Channel ·Island's," Wood said. "Besides 'the raw milk that is shipped 'across and bought by (he "Guernsey government, we cx- 'port daffodils -- and tourism. - "I converted llic collages around the harbor into groups ·of holel bedrooms, all operating .'around the country house which 'is the main building. There art. ·about 90 beds for overnight vis ·'itors, but we have 500 or GOO daily visitors from Guernsey." '.. What is there for guests to do ·on an island without cars, with;-out organized activities or for' there is a hotel manager a an accountant, "To all the children who grow up on Herm, their fatho is not a shadowy character wh disappears by- day,' 1 notef Wood, who has six children, o whom four were born on th island. "Because they see him at work they know that wha he's doing is, necessary to th community." There is a school for the fpu or five children of elemental school age, built on the side o the cottage of the fully-qualifie teacher, If a doctor Is needed he comes from Guernsey, which is three miles away. "The church is a little stone- roofed building, pure Norman, the oldest intact building and the only one I didn't have to do any repairs on. You get the feeling it is a holy place -- it gives a sense of peace. 1 hold what I call a family service and ' people are welcome to come in their beach clothes." said Wood, a t r i m , bearded man in his late 50s. "If I can deal with it myself 1 do so," he said of the rare cases of crime that come up and that otherwise are referred to authorities on Guernsey "We liave an ancient jail on Hcrm, but it hasn't got n door." New Badge Of Office NEW YORK (AP) -- The -nngjo Xjauoijeis su.) jo Aii[ izalions allocate their executives may become a badge of office, the Cotton Fiber Paper Council says. The Commonwealth of Virginia, for example, now designates who among slate office holders arc entitled (o 100 per cent cotton fiber content paper and enve lopes, who gets 50 per cent cot- Ion paper, who 25 per cent, and on along (he line. The higher the rank, the better the paper. The council predicts that wilh this trend stationery will join corner offices, private washrooms and company Jets symbols of executive suite slat- DILL/VRD 1 © SORRY, NO MAIL OR PHONE ORDERS LIMITED QUANTITIES r.+\t? V%!\1 f ft ,*, Special Purchase Bike Jackets Orig. $60 49 97 If your taste runs to action, try a bike jacket for fun. Fur trimmed collars and cuffs. Waist length in brown, green, black, navy or wine. Coats--DILLARD'S--First Floor Paint-Box Colored Half-Size Pant Suits Orig. $38 22 97 !*«**·*· a'; ! « - ' Special Purchase Summer Dresses Summertime specials are yours by famous makers. Smart pant suits that come in as many colors as a paint box. Styles to please in easy care polyester. Sizes 14'/i to 24'/2. Half-Size Dresses--DILLARD'S--First Floor 14 97 Others to 18.97 Checks and ginghams make a comeback this summer in gingham dresses and polyester checked pant suits. Six lovely styles In sizes 8 to 18. Assorted colors. Moderate Dresses--DILLARD'S--First Floor ·'mai entertainment? ·'. "There is'nothing It) do there !at all but to walk and make *-our own entertainment." Wood :-sdmit5. "The first day is often frustrating, but when people -are thrown back on Iheir own Resources they get immense 'pleasure out of the fact that ·they can entertain themselves. I "People who live in moto : ·rized areas feel guilty that they Sdon't use their legs more, and ·on Herm you have to walk cv- ; erywhcre. There arc love y "hills and valleys, absolutely -clear air, heavenly views, exhilarating sea. There are danc- ·'es in the evening. Wr, have a gramophone and a piano and the guesls themselves get ,things going. And there s a ·;»weet little fisherman s pub. i ISLAND PRIORITIES '.' There are some dozen fami- jlles residing permanently on ·'the Island, with all the men :-working for Wood in varic- ·:capacitie». A few farm and g; Beats Streaking MORRISVIf.LE. N.Y. ( A P ) -- Can snacking hold more ap peal for college girls these days t h a n streaking? Apparently. The delicious thought of digging into a box of cereal recently overcame the urge of a group of students at the slate university here lo witness a streaking incident right under their dormitory windows. As the streaking was about to begin, one hungry coed suddenly found a box of a natural-type cereal and headed back to her room -- by herself. she thoughl. She was immediately pursued by a dozen other girls who abandoned Ihe streakers for a chance to snack on the cereal instead. 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