Hey guys, this week I created a Storify about Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse, I hope you all enjoy it because I enjoyed creating it. I would also like to tell you that the link to my Storify is embedded in the title of this blog, so just click on the title and you should arrive in to the right place.
To begin my Storify I started out with a word commonly associated with the youth today which translates to being extremely intoxicated from the use of alcohol or drugs. This word is “wasted” It was defined by Urban Dictionary, a popular website for translating and giving the meanings or translation of many slang words. I chose to start my Storify this way because this word was often used very often during my high school and university years.
Next is an anti-binge drinking ad which I believe is from Australia. The ad’s message is directed towards underage drinkers. In the ad it shows what a typically high school party would consist of, the main character is a girl in a pink blouse. Throughout the ad it gives two scenarios of how the night could go, one version of where it goes awful and the other where she drinks, or rather doesn’t drink at all and still manages to have fun. I chose this anti binge drinking ad, because I can also relate to it as well. Being too many high school and university parties many people thought you had to get super drunk to enjoy the night, this ad is trying to tell people this is not the case. Unfortunately for many people they must learn from their mistakes (over drinking). This ad relates well to many people, on a personal note I did not find the ad to be an over exaggeration but rather a very realistic scenario for a wide scope of people.
Following the anti-drinking ad I have posted 2 tweets. The first is a tweet from LPWCYC, which posts a link to help prevent your teen from wandering into drug use. The link provides useful strategies and prevention techniques. The second tweet is from 10 to 20 Parenting, a twitter account dedicated to the age range of children 10-20. They provide a link for useful strategies and techniques from preventing and educating yourself on teen drug use and abuse.
At this point I felt it was time in my Storify to post something which can give you a glimpse to what drugs can do to your life so I posted a Facebook comment of a man who goes by the name El Flaco Robles. In his statement he claims he is done with cocaine and begins to list all the reasons why, along with this he begins to give a description of how addictive the drug can be. Under this man’s description is a Twitter photo of what appears to be cocaine arranged on a mirror spelling “Miss You So Much” I found this photo to pair well with El Flaco Roble’s comment.
To finish up the information/facts of my Storify I provide a statistic tweet from the Newport Academy which states “By 12th grade, more than 7 out of 10 teens have consumed alcohol”. This statistic is shocking and that’s why I chose it, for shock value. Shock value is also why I chose to post a Facebook comment from a woman who describes how drug use does not only affect the user but everyone who can be connected to them. This includes family, friends, and generally anyone who has a stake in the person’s life. Often many users do not think about who they affect with their actions.
Lastly I finish the Storify with a gif taken from That 70’s Show; with a quote underneath saying don’t do drugs do crafts. Following the gif is another gif from Modern Family where one of the main characters is giving the thumbs up.
When I made my Storify account I searched my topic and as well similar topics. I did not find much, so I decided to create a Storify which would appeal to a wide range of people, whether you are a mother or father, teen, user or non-user. I wanted this Storify to be able to relate partially to everyone due to lack of Storify’s on this topic.