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    andrewlin

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    Dangers of Drinking

    Post  andrewlin on Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:05 am

    Dangers of Drinking
    Andrew Chang

    Our stance when it comes to alcohol has become increasingly lax over the years. Even though alcohol is still explicitly illegal to people under the age of 21, the difficulty of controlling its distribution has created a contemporary culture essentially condoning underage drinking. But with a flexible perspective on illegal drinking come consequences, and the recent death of South Pasadena High School senior Aydin Salek serves as a poignant reminder that our approach to underage drinking is one that could ultimately end in tragedy.

    Salek, 17, wasn’t the type of student one would expect to die in an alcohol-related incident. As a writer on the SPHS school newspaper, the student liaison to the South Pasadena School Board, and a volunteer in 2008 for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, Salek was clearly driven by his ambition to become a lawyer and to one day serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. “When I first heard the news, I was shocked,” commented senior Leah Wong, “because he was such an earnest and energetic leader when I met him at the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference.”

    Salek, who collapsed 45 minutes after he drank an unspecified amount of alcohol at a party on Dec 11, was initially left alone by his friends. According to the South Pasadena police, his passing out may have been so “swift and subtle” that his peers did not know something was wrong until it was too late. On the way home, he was snoring—taken by his friends as a sign of normal sleeping—but soon fell unresponsive. After attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation and hospitalization, he was pronounced dead early in the morning on Sunday, Dec 13.

    Aydin Salek’s tragic and untimely death is a tragedy, but more importantly an indication that the susceptibility of high school students to alcoholic consumption may be more dangerous than we think. –END QUOTE-

    reginaliu

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    Re: Dangers of Drinking

    Post  reginaliu on Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:38 pm

    Our stance when it comes to alcohol has become increasingly lax over the years. Even though alcohol is still explicitly illegal to people under the age of 21, the difficulty of controlling its distribution has created a contemporary culture essentially condoning underage drinking. But with a flexible perspective on illegal drinking come consequences, and the recent death of South Pasadena High School senior Aydin Salek serves as a poignant reminder that our approach to underage drinking is one that could ultimately end in tragedy.

    Salek, 17, wasn’t the type of student one would expect to die in an alcohol-related incident. As a writer on the SPHS school newspaper, the student liaison to the South Pasadena School Board, and a volunteer in 2008 for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, Salek was clearly driven by his ambition to become a lawyer and to one day serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. “When I first heard the news, I was shocked,” commented senior Leah Wong, “because he was such an earnest and energetic leader when I met him at the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference.”

    Salek, who collapsed 45 minutes after he drank an unspecified amount of alcohol at a party on Dec[.] 11, was initially left alone by his friends. According to the South Pasadena police, his passing out may have been so “swift and subtle” that his peers did not know something was wrong until it was too late. On the way home, he was snoring—taken by his friends as a sign of normal sleeping—but soon fell unresponsive. After attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation and hospitalization, he was pronounced dead early in the morning on Sunday, Dec[.] 13.

    Aydin Salek’s [Just last name after first mention] tragic and untimely death is a tragedy [tragic... death is a tragedy?], but more importantly an indication that the susceptibility of high school students to alcoholic consumption may be more dangerous than we think. –END QUOTE-

    andrewchang

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    Re: Dangers of Drinking

    Post  andrewchang on Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:43 pm

    Our stance when it comes to alcohol has become increasingly lax over the years. Even though alcohol is still explicitly illegal to people under the age of 21, the difficulty of controlling its distribution has created a contemporary culture essentially condoning underage drinking. But with a flexible perspective on illegal drinking come consequences, and the recent death of South Pasadena High School senior Aydin Salek serves as a poignant reminder that our approach to underage drinking is one that could ultimately end in tragedy.

    Salek, 17, wasn’t the type of student one would expect to die in an alcohol-related incident. As a writer on the SPHS school newspaper, the student liaison to the South Pasadena School Board, and a volunteer in 2008 for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, Salek was clearly driven by his ambition to become a lawyer and to one day serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. “When I first heard the news, I was shocked,” commented senior Leah Wong, “because he was such an earnest and energetic leader when I met him at the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference.”

    Salek, who collapsed 45 minutes after he allegedly drank an unspecified amount of alcohol at a party on Dec. 11, was initially left alone by his friends. According to the South Pasadena police, his passing out may have been so “swift and subtle” that his peers did not know something was wrong until it was too late. On the way home, he was snoring—taken by his friends as a sign of normal sleeping—but soon fell unresponsive. After attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation and hospitalization, he was pronounced dead early in the morning on Sunday, Dec 13.

    Salek’s tragic and untimely death is tragic, but more importantly an indication that the susceptibility of high school students to alcoholic consumption may be more dangerous than we think. “It sometimes seems we take drinking to be a frivolous activity,” remarked sophomore Farihah Chowdhury, “and forget that it’s illegal, forget that it’s bad for us, and forget that it can cause a lot of suffering.”

    andrewchang

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    Re: Dangers of Drinking

    Post  andrewchang on Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:15 pm

    Our stance when it comes to alcohol has become increasingly lax over the years. Even though alcohol is still explicitly illegal to people under the age of 21, the difficulty of controlling its distribution has created a contemporary culture essentially condoning underage drinking. But with a flexible perspective on illegal drinking comes consequences, and the recent death of South Pasadena High School senior Aydin Salek serves as a poignant reminder that our approach to underage drinking is one that could ultimately end in tragedy.

    Salek, 17, wasn’t the type of student one would expect to die in an alcohol-related incident. He emigrated from Iran to the U.S. only a few years ago, enrolling in South Pasadena High School as a sophomore. The recency of his migration, however, clearly had no bearing on his ability and drive to succeed. As a writer on the SPHS school newspaper, the manager of the swim team, president of the American Cancer Society club, the student liaison to the South Pasadena School Board, and a volunteer in 2008 for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, Salek was clearly driven by his ambition to become a lawyer and to one day serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was politically outspoken, determined, and “always had a joke ready.” “When I first heard the news, I was shocked,” commented senior Leah Wong, “because he was such an earnest and energetic leader when I met him at the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference. I never imagined that someone so admirable could lose his life so soon.”

    Salek, who according to the L.A. Times collapsed 45 minutes after he allegedly drank an unspecified amount of alcohol at a party on Dec. 11, was initially left alone by his friends. According to the South Pasadena police, his passing out may have been so “swift and subtle” that his peers did not know something was wrong until it was too late. On the way home, he was snoring—taken by his friends as a sign of normal sleeping—but soon fell unresponsive. After attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation and hospitalization, he was pronounced dead early in the morning on Sunday, Dec 13.

    Salek left a legacy—even in the way he died. His untimely death was tragic, but more importantly an indication that the susceptibility of high school students to alcoholic consumption may be more dangerous than we think. That it doesn’t just affect the archetypal alcoholic, and that it can take away those who are sometimes most dear to the community regardless of how accomplished they are. “It sometimes seems we take drinking to be a frivolous activity,” remarked sophomore Farihah Chowdhury, “and forget that it’s illegal, forget that it’s bad for us, and forget that it can cause way more suffering than it’s worth.”

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