Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Clinton's Choice for Surgeon General Addresses Alcohol and Other Drug Issues

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

Clinton's Choice for Surgeon General Addresses Alcohol and Other Drug Issues

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In a major address to the American College Health Association, M. Joycelyn Elders, M.D., President Clinton's choice to become the nation's next surgeon general, spoke out about the problems of alcoho on America's college campuses.

"Two-thirds of our high school seniors have tried illicit drugs, and 34 percent use regularly. And the problem of alcohol. Fifty percent of our 12 to 17 year olds consume more than a six pack each we seven is a problem drinker. We've got to deal with those problems and face the real issues," said Dr

"The average age that young people start smoking is 13 to 14 years of age. If we educated them aga smoking, they would never smoke. We know that young people who smoke are one hundred times more like marijuana, and thirty times more likely to use cocaine. And we know that children who smoke and drin likely to engage in sexual activities.

"Our children are out in the ocean surrounded by the sharks of drugs, alcohol, homicide, suicide. …

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