Alcohol Can Affect Your Heart!

Most people know that alcohol can affect the body in areas like the liver, brain, and motor functioning skills, but did you know it can also affect your heart?

“Over the longer term, heavy drinking can lead to high blood pressure, enlarged and weakened heart, congestive heart failure and stroke. Binge drinking can be associated with atrial fibrillation, a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. ” (

“Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can increase fatty acids in the blood, high blood pressure, and overall calorie intake. ” (American Heart Association)

You absolutely shouldn’t be drinking at all if you’re underage, but if you’re an adult, keep your drinking to a minimum to prevent health risks.

From the Boards: [FOR PARENTS]

If you haven’t already followed us on Pinterest, you really, really should! We’ve got tons of great boards with ideas about hosting safe, alcohol-free parties, fun activities for drug-free fun, and now a brand new board just for parents! Come on over and check us out! Here are some of our most recent pins on the [FOR PARENTS] board!

Check us out and repin our pins to help show your support for Rethink the Drink!


Health Spotlight: BAC

Many teens have heard the term “BAC” before, but do most know what it stands for or what biological processes are going on in relation to BAC? Today on the Health Spotlight, we’re going to find out all about Blood Alcohol Content.

//Blood Alcohol Content//The concentration of alcohol in the blood, measured, by volume as a percentage. Sometimes referred to as Blood Alcohol Concentration. SOURCE

Alcohol is absorbed by the body very quickly and can end up in the blood stream within minutes of consuming an alcoholic beverage. BAC tests are usually administered in cases where health professionals or law enforcement suspect that a person is legally intoxicated (in the state of GA, a BAC of 0.08 means you are drunk while driving). BAC can be tested using blood tests, urine analysis, and Breathalyzer tests. For underage folks, a BAC of 0.02 might get you into big trouble.

Though every person reacts to alcohol differently (based on weight, food consumed, gender, age, etc.), ascending BAC levels will be met with bodily reactions regardless of circumstances. As your BAC increases, you will likely experience sedation, blurred speech and vision, trouble walking, memory loss, trouble breathing, and even death (at extreme levels of blood alcohol concentration).

Please remember, alcohol isn’t something that just goes to your stomach and is expelled. Alcohol is absorbed into your blood, urine, and even comes out in your breath (hence, the Breathalyzer tests). As well, blood isn’t the only body element that has to deal with loads of alcohol. So does your liver. Next week’s Health Spotlight will deal with alcohol’s effects on the liver. Be sure to catch that post!

Fore more information about BAC, check out these sources:

>> Web MD

>> Georgia Criminal Defense

>> Wikipedia

From the Boards: Loving Yourself

One of the biggest factors in being courageous enough to Rethink the Drink in your social life is CONFIDENCE and SELF-ESTEEM! If you are confident in yourself and don’t feel the need to give into social pressures to take part in risky behavior, things will be a lot easier for you! Here are some inspirational pictures from our [LOVE YOURSELF] board on Pinterest! Follow us for more inspiration!

Take these messages to heart and be courageous in who YOU are! You don’t need to give into social pressure to do dangerous things (i.e. underage drinking and substance abuse). You are better, stronger, and more precious than that! Make wise choices!


Talk To Your Teen About Alcohol

IMG_6064Sure, it can be an uncomfortable topic or even seem trite, cliche, or exaggerated to discuss the dangers of alcohol with your children, but it just might save their life one day. Many parents stop at, “It’s dangerous to drink and drive”, or “Drinking can lead to addiction”. Instead, parents should be opening up dialogue about alcohol and its dangers with their children, going in depth with the ins and outs of drinking and what it can lead to. If you’re looking for some great ideas on how to begin these sorts of dialogues or how to discuss alcohol and its dangers with your underage children, here are some great resources:

>> CNN’s Underage Drinking: Talking to Your Teen About Alcohol

>> NIAAA’s Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol

What are some ways that you’ve opened up dialogue about alcohol with your teen? Did they respond well to your methods? Would you consider a different approach if you had to do it all over again?

It is NEVER Okay to Host Underage Drinking Parties

“I’d rather them do it under my roof where I can make sure they’re safe than out at some party without supervision.”

How many parents have uttered these very words or similar sentiments? Many parents mistakenly think that if they host underage drinking parties in their homes that everyone will somehow be safer and better off. How quickly parents forget that not only is alcohol dangerous for teen bodies and brains, but there are far too many variables to control at such a party. What if a teen wandered off and drove away while intoxicated? What if inappropriate sexual conduct happened in one of the home’s many unsupervised bedrooms? There are too many “What ifs” in situations like this and the health cost (not to mention illegality) are too much to ignore.

Take the case of this women to heart when considering hosting underage drinking parties in your home. Don’t be like that!!!


Instead of Underage Drinking Parties, Host Fun, Safe, Drug-Free Parties for Your Teens!

1. Have a “Make Your Own Drink” station with fun juices, sodas, and flavored sorbets so that your teens feel they are making fun, special drinks without the booze.

2. Host a game night in your home for kids to bring their consoles and have a blast battling it out on the latest co-op game! Provide fun snacks, sodas, and space!

3. Encourage your teen and their friends to spend time together talking, socializing, and having fun in healthy ways rather than resorting to drinking parties to plugin to their school and friend groups.

4. Keep all alcohol you might have in your home locked up and hidden so that curious teens will not find it and experiment. Keep the key or combination with you at all times.

5. Be up-front about your strict, “NO DRINKING” policy when hosting teens in your home.

Of you’re looking for more ideas for fun, drug-free parties, check out our Pinterest Boards!

Tuesday Theme Talk: Gender and Alcohol Abuse

TTTGrantwork copyOn Tuesdays, we linkup great blogs, websites, articles, and resources that can be of help to you in your quest to educate yourself about the dangers of alcohol abuse. Each week will have a theme. This week, the theme is “Gender and Alcohol Abuse”. Tuesday Theme Talk will be referred to as TTT throughout the rest of the post. :-)

TTT’s Website of the Week: AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)

No matter your gender, if you are looking for help with your alcohol abuse problem or alcoholism, perhaps AA is right for you. You can find others there to support you as you transition from substance abuse into freedom.

TTT’s Article with the Most Impact: Why She Drinks: Women and Alcohol Abuse

This Wall Street Journal article goes into extreme detail about the rise in women’s drinking and the effects it has had on popular culture and rates of alcohol abuse among women. VERY interesting article.

TTT’s Show Me the Numbers: Alcohol, Gender, and Drinking Problems

This PDF booklet from the World Health Organization is a big read, but it is full of detailed and interesting information about alcohol, gender, and drinking problems in various countries around the world!

TTT’s Something to Think About Article: Women Seeking Alcohol Abuse Treatment Earlier Than Men

EVERYONE should seek help if they have a substance abuse problem, but it is interesting that women seem to seek out help earlier than men do. Is it perhaps because men feel even more vulnerable and weak if they have to ask for help with their alcohol problem? No matter your personal feelings, if you have a substance abuse issue, SEEK OUT HELP. That is the strongest decision you can possibly make regardless of your gender.


I hope you’ll really read and absorb these words and take these websites and articles to heart. Make WISE choices!