Summary: A socio-drama that underlines the message that prevention begins at home and that parents have a role to play by helping children develop positive self-esteem, decision-making skills, and the ability to cope with peer pressure
Includes pamphlet on questions to ask before and after watching the video
A powerful video in which teens are shown the effects that alcohol can have on co-ordination, vision, reaction time, the brain & other organs. 2 teens visit the Medical Examiner as he conducts an autopsy on 2 car accident victims - one of whom was an alcoholic. They visit bereaved parents & family to see the effects of losing a loved one to drunk driving. The video ends with a realistic simulation of the deaths of 3 teens who are passengers of a drunk driver. They attend their own funerals and see their parents read farewell tributes.
Review: "Noted critic, novelist and essayist Sheed recounts his recovery from three major illnesses in this highly personal, torturous, oddly exhilarating chronicle. The first illness, polio, struck in 1945 when he was 14. With unbridled optimism, Sheed struggled for years with a disease that ``seemed much more like a vacation from the pains of growing up than an addition to them.'' The book's centerpiece, his plunge into depression triggered by addiction to sleeping pills and alcohol in his mid-50s, unfolds a nightmare of panic attacks, manic highs, proliferating phobias and suicidal dementia. Sheed found scant relief through a stay in a sanatorium, antidepressants or lithium, on all of which he heaps scorn. His recovery seemed to follow its own logic and inner mechanisms of healing. Diagnosed with cancer in 1991, he underwent operations of the tongue and neck, as well as radiation treatments, a two-year ordeal he describes with wit and gallantry." -- Reed Elsevier Inc.