In line with the Student Services Week Celebration, a symposium on ‘Teen Alcoholism and Smoking” was held at St. Joseph Gymnasium dated January 12, 2011. The activity was graced with the presence of the resource speaker, Mr. Peter Dela Vega, RN, faculty of the College of Nursing and Nurse Reliever of Mercy Community Hospital.
The said activity is very timely since most of the teens of today were engaged into drinking alcohol and smoking at an early age. Most teens don't know the strengths of different alcoholic drinks. Research has revealed that teen drinking and smoking is mainly a social activity. In fact, teens rarely drink alone. Mr. Dela Vega stressed out to the students the pros and cons of alcohol dependence and smoking to one’s health. He presented information’s that would enliven the minds of the students on the dangers of smoking and alcoholism which includes the different illnesses caused by smoking and alcoholism.
As he ends his talk on alcoholism he emphasized out three important reminders: (1) Abstain / Say No, (2) Think first of your studies and future and (3) If symptoms persist, consult your parent and teachers. These three would also relate to the right decision in terms of smoking.
This symposium would likely help the students especially those who are into smoking and alcohol dependence to be socially aware and start a new beginning. It is for them to make a choice. Their generation is doomed with societal issues. Their ways are far different from the past. At the end of the day, they are still the captains of their souls.
St. Michael's College of Iligan City, a Catholic institution of higher learning in Iligan City, administered by the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM), offering four levels of education: elementary, secondary, tertiary and graduate school.
Its programs are accredited by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) for 25 years, a silver triumph indeed!