The drug that I chose to focus my website report on is alcohol. I chose two different websites with different purposes to compare and contrast. The two different titles are the NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov). The other website is the Alcohol and Drug Misuse- Student Mental Health- Twin Cities Campus (http://mentalhealth.umn.edu/alcohol/index.html).
I decided to compare and contrast the two different websites because I believe that different websites serve different purposes. The website from the NIAAA has more facts/numbers research information, grants and other information that those doing academic work will be drawn to.
The second website that I chose to review is from the University of Minnesota, and is more colorful using the U of M’s Maroon and Gold color along with their logo on the website. This site is designed with the college student in mind with easy to follow clickable and is more interactive in the sense that you can take an self-assessment tool that students can take to learn more about their drinking habits.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) website has the latest news section, which include new release information and new & noteworthy stories and information. On the top of the website are six tabs across: Alcohol & Health, Publications, Research, Grant Funding, News & Events, and About NIAAA. The tab and information I focused on is the Alcohol & Health portion of the website.
Within the Alcohol & Health tab there are several sections including: Overview of Alcohol consumption, Alcohol use disorders, Fetal alcohol exposure, Support & treatment, Alcohol policy, and Special populations & co-occurring disorders. The section that I decided to focus on is the “Overview of Alcohol Consumption.” This topic has three components to the overarching topic. These include Alcohol facts and statistics, What is a standard drink?, and Moderate & binge drinking.
The first subsection include statistics and information on alcohol use and consequences. For example, “Researchers estimate that each year- 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.” (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-facts-and-statistics). This section is very good for research or a paper on alcohol use. The references at the bottom are also useful if a person is doing research or working on a paper to cite some of these websites in their work. However, if for example, a college student came across this section the student might not be receptive to a list of facts and statistics that fail to give real world concrete examples of how these facts and statistics interweave with the students life.
The next section is entitled “What is a standard drink?” This section gives information on the strength of the different types of alcohol and the different proof of...