EFFECT OF ALCOHOLISM ON AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT IN NIGERIA, EKITI STATE AS A CASE STUDY
Background of the Study
Civilization and Technology have made life more comfortable and meaningful to mankind. In another view, they have provided or created continuous problems among which are reflected as antipode behaviours that have become very rampant among driver . As a result, the problems confronting our societies today have been caused by the total abuse of alcohol. drivers do not even lag behind in the free use of alcohol regardless of thinking about its devastating effects.
Alcohol can be classified as a drug which is a chemical substance that when taken into the body system, can affect the behaviour of the organiam or the person involved. It has the power to change the functions of cells organs in the body of any person using it abusively. And the effects of alcohol abuse have gone to an unfortunate levels, which have permeated every nooks and crannies of our society, especially in our affluent and teaming urban cities.
In fact, according to Dempsey (200), who puts it that, the intoxicating substance in these drinks like beer and wine is Alcohol. It is formed by a process called fermentation, in which tiny Organisn called yeasts act on natural sugars. Industrially, Alcohol is often made from cereals and potatoes. It is widely used as a solvent, or dissolving substance, for many organic chemical like lacquers.
Jackie Esttanda et al. (2001) put it that, alcohol consumption poses one of the greatest contemporary social problems for the modern world. It is as old as man’s civilization, while the methods for making alcohol have been known since before the beginning of recorded history. Raymond (2004) said that the word alcohol originated from an ancient Arabic term “al-kohl,” which refers to a finely ground powder used to colour the brows.
Moreover, one cannot do or say anything on alcoholism without referring to the man Jellinek (1960). He defined Alcoholism any use of alcoholic beverages that causes any damage to the individual or society or even both. In the same vein, it is a bad behavioural pattern which indicated the abusive consumption of alcoholic drinks by any person. But Jellinek beliefs mainly on the disease concept of Alcoholism. This is why he revealed his views on the nature of alcoholism that, one accepted route to alcoholism, perhaps the most common, begins with regular drinking. The amount taken are higher in some individuals for a variety of reasons, such as occupation, access by price and licensing hours, the cultural attitudes towards drinking group to which individual belongs, family background, peer group imitation and so on.
In the view of the above, the issue of explosive alcoholism and its consequences in our society is not peculiar to any particular section or any socio-cultural groups in the society. It is a national menace and problems of both the developing and the developed countries worldwide. among the problems caused by alcoholism are drivers delinquency, disregard to authorities, figtiting, stealing, accident, want on destruction of valuable property, hooliganism and so on.
Alcohol has an ancient history long before human began to keep records of any kind, alcohol was valued as food, medicine and ceremonial drinks due to this fact, some people have been trying to expand their visions and awareness with the use of alcohol. The consumption of alcohol has always been fact of life. The use of alcohol is frequently an expression of rebellion against the authority oral expression of hostility towards social authority, though this is glaring and have been examine by some eminent scholars in their articles and books (Mental Health worker: Book free publishing company limited)
In the society, alcohol is being used to display hospitality in festivals, performing rites and secular and religious purposes. These have led to alcoholic dependence which created psychological and economic problems for the individual and society at large.
The excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks led to depression of the brain especially, the higher function of the brain and retards intellectual ability of the students at the same time. There is tendency for the students to behave negatively to the elders in the society, school authorities and his/her fellow students. Alcohol is more likely to send one off sleep than make one awakes and alert though the degree of tolerance to alcohol acting on the brain and nerves varies.
In this computer age, alcohol has been exposed to several other uses for physical and psychological reasons, alcohol is employed as a drug therapies so also as coolant in nuclear reactor.
Adolescents take alcoholic drinks more extensively and more frequently. The reasons for adolescent drinking habit are probably on the body.
Things surrounding the reasons for alcoholism on the automobile drivers are topic of discussion in this project and the possible causes. To mention a few, those things intended to be discuss in this work are effects of alcoholic consumption on the students themselves, the teachers, parents and on the community at large.
Also, the rate at which students consumed alcohol is high and it shall be identified as well as the time the students consume it.
This study shall supply more insight into the effects of alcohol drinking habits of secondary school students and the consumption of alcohol addicts.
Statement of the Problem
Most automobile see alcoholic drinking habit as a pleasure without necessary considering the implications it has on their health.
A lot of factors were said to be responsible for the diver action or habit. A particular school of thought attributed the students’ action to the peer group while another one associated students’ behavior to the societal norms. Whatever the causes of the automobile diver habits, what is observed is that alcoholic drinking habit is very common among the driver and this is giving many people serious concerned.
In view of the problem highlighted above, it is necessary to investigate alcoholism and its effect on automobile accident in Nigeria with reference to Ekiti state
Significance of the Study
The purpose of this study is the effect of alcoholism on autobomble accident in Ekiti state. The rate of consumption of alcoholic drinks among the driver will be revealed. The prevalence of the alcoholic drinking among the driver, the reason why automobile driver indulge in drinking, the beliefs, opinion and reaction of driver in taking alcohol will be investigated.
Also, the research will study the implication of alcoholic drinking habit and it’s effect on automobile accident. Finally, the ways of curbing alcoholic drinking habit among the driver in Ekiti state will be suggested.
Purpose of study:
The purpose of studying the Alcoholism and it effect on automobile accident in Nigeria with special reference to Ekiti state
The major object of this study include:
1. To find out the adverse effects of Alcoholism on the self-concept of driver in Ekiti state
2. To know the involvement of males and females in the use of alcohol.
3. To find out the attitudes of driver towards the use of alcohol in Ekiti
4. To investigate the effect of alcohol on automobile accident in ekiti state
5. To be able to highlight plausible suggestions that will at least help to reduce the excessive drinking of alcohol.
The study tries to find out answers to the following questions:
1. Does taking alcohol affects automobile driver in Ekiti state
2. Is there any effects c Alcohol talking on automobile accident in Ekiti state?
3. Can Driver still concentrate while taking Alcohol?
4. What are the likely attitude of driver who engage in alcoholism?
1. Are there any difference in the attitude of driver that indulge in alcoholic drinking habit and those that do not?
2. What are the factors responsible for alcoholic habit of among automobile driver
3. What are the ways of curbing alcoholic drinking among driver in Ekiti state.
To be able to achieve the desired goals in this project some hypothesis has been raised and these will be critically examined and analyzed in the course of the data interpretation.
Ho: There is no significant difference in the attitudes of automobile driver that indulge in alcoholic drinking habit and those that do not.
H1: There is no significant difference between the alcoholic consumption and drinking habit of the automobile from rural unit and those from urban unit.
Scope Of The Study
The study is limited to Ekiti state. Due to time factor and financial constraints, the researcher cannot go beyond some selected unit in Ekiti State
Definition of Terms
v Alcohol: This is the liquid substance made in fermenting of sugar and forming intoxicating part of fermented drinks. It is intoxicating liquid present in beer, wine etc.
v Alcohol Abuse: This term relates to the unapproved use of any brand of alcohol which is capable of affecting the state of the body or mind.
v Alcoholism: This is a chronic and often recurring illness that has multiple causations including genetic, psychological and sociological factors.
v Drugs: Any chemical compound that may be used on or administered on humans or animals as an aid in diagnose treatment or prevent of diseases.
v Stimulants: These are food or drugs that reliefs fatigue to keep a person agile or reliefs fatigue to keep a person agile or awake e.g. Colanut, Coffee, and Cocaine. Etc.
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