Repeat DUI Offenders Suffer from Decision-Making Deficits
Discuss healthy alternatives to alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
<p>Discuss how alcohol affects individuals decision-making processes
Article: Repeat DUI offenders suffer from decision-making deficits.
Make a copy of the article for each participant.
Write the objectives and guiding questions on the board.
Introduce topic by describing, activity name, content standard, and objectives.
Initiate the activity by asking the following questions:
-Did you know that there is decision-making computer software?
-What do you think it was designed for?
-If the program was asked to decide whether or not it is ok for an individual to drive after drinking alcohol, what would it say? Is it difficult to get to that conclusion? Why?
After having a discussion about the previous questions, ask the following question:
-Why is it that there are many DUI offenders who get caught under the influence, repeatedly if the decision is so straight forward?
Inform participants that they are going to read an article that explains why for some individuals, it is difficult to make important decisions in general.
Give each participant a copy of the article "Repeat DUI offenders suffer from decision-making deficits". Group them into teams of four or five people, and have them read the article to discuss it. Make sure that you organize the groups in a way so they read only part of the article. The important point is that they have time to discuss the article content among themselves.
Make sure to tell the participants that they need to identify a volunteer in their group so he or she can share to the larger group the important aspects of their discussion.
Ask the following questions to encourage a group discussion:
-What percentage of accidents is caused by drunk-driving individuals?
-Is it true that alcohol does not affect our decision-making processes?
-What aspects of human abilities were tested in the research mentioned?
-What did the doctors discover regarding decisions on the group of DUI offenders?
-Why decisions made by DUI offenders are considered to be different than the general population?
-What group of people is involved in the majority of alcohol-related accidents?
-Can this group be justified because cognitive abilities are impaired by alcohol.
Knowing what we know now, ask the participants, how we can use this information for the next time we drink?
As a final activity, ask the participants to help you write a list of specific actions we can take to figure out if we, personally, are considered or identified as those individuals in the study.