Archive for September, 2013

Many schools celebrated their Homecoming games and dances this past weekend. Some schools will have their Homecomings in the weeks ahead. Whenever your Homecoming celebration is, I truly hope that you’ll pledge to make wise choices–particularly when it comes to alcohol and other drugs. It is not necessary to drink in order to have a fun Homecoming night! Instead of giving into peer pressure to participate in unsafe activities, make the choice to have safe, drug-free fun with your friends!

TIPS FOR A SAFE HOMECOMING

1. Participate in the school sponsored activities (i.e. the football games, dances, and parades) where there will be adult chaperones

2. Let your parents know where you are and who you are with throughout the entire evening so they can be sure you are safe

3. Refuse to get into the cars of friends who have been drinking

4. Stay away from peer parties where you know alcohol will be served

5. Be confident in your decision to refrain from drinking and taking other drugs. You are making a wise choice that will protect yourself and others!!

For those of you who have already had your homecoming, I hope that you made good choices and made the decision to be a good role model to your friends.

We’d love it if you’d help spread the word about and support Rethink the Drink! For more resources like this, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook (Youth), and Facebook (Adults)! “Like” us and follow us in these places to show your support for and pledge to Rethink the Drink!

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IMG_3614 It’s that time of year. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Teens are beginning to get into the routine of the school year. Autumn is here. This is the time for carving pumpkins and joining friends in hayrides. Corn Maze visits and cider drinking. Mugs of hot coffee and crisp cool air. It’s also a time when many teens engage in unsafe behavior–primarily underage drinking. Farm parties, Halloween parties, and other social events are often populated with beverages that have no business being in any teen’s hands. So, what can you do to prepare for a safe, fun Halloween and fall season without compromising your decision to protect yourself and your body?

1. Avoid parties where you know folks will be drinking.

2. Tell your parents where you will be going and who you will be hanging out with.

3. Make sure you have your phone with you at all times when you are heading out to a social gathering.

4. Host your own fall and Halloween parties with fun, alcohol-free beverages, tasty treats, and great games!

5. Be a great older brother or sister and take your younger siblings Trick-or-Treating!

6. Round up some of your friends and have a pumpkin carving night! Go pick out your pumpkins at a local farm and get together with some fun music, sodas, and Halloween candy and make a night of it!

7. If you go to a party and things get rowdy or you see folks drinking, make the wise choice and LEAVE.

8. Visit a haunted house with some friends and decompress after all the frights with a frozen yogurt trip!

9. Have a costume party with your friends and have a contest for the best costume! Serve delicious alcohol-free beverages and snacks.

10. Make the choice to rethink the drink and keep your body unpolluted and protected. You are a wise, intelligent individual. You know that drinking is a poor decision for your health and your well-being. Be above it.

We’d love it if you’d help spread the word about and support Rethink the Drink! For more resources like this, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook (Youth), and Facebook (Adults)! “Like” us and follow us in these places to show your support for and pledge to Rethink the Drink!

I hope that you had a happy, safe, and terrific weekend! I hope, too, that you held strong to your pledge to Rethink the Drink! Today on the blog, we’ve got some great resources about reasons to avoid alcohol. Some of these resources are links to other web pages with more information and some are documents that you can save and keep to share with others. Take these resources and educate yourself and others about the dangers of alcohol abuse!

>> Girl Talk: Girls and Drinking — Why NOT to Drink

>> WebMD: Teens and Alcohol

>> Teen Advice: 10 Reasons Not to Drink

>> Parents are Important: 5 Reasons Why Teens Should Not Drink Alcohol

>> Keeping Teens Alcohol Free

For more resources like this, be sure to follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook (Youth), and Facebook (Adults)! “Like” us and follow us in these places to show your support for and pledge to Rethink the Drink!

Looking to host a safe, alcohol-free, and drug-free party at your house? You’ve got to have some terrific snacks, am I right? Follow us on Pinterest to gather plenty of ideas for party food, fun alcohol-free drinks, inspiration to stay strong in your decision to rethink the drink, and more! Here are some of our latest party snack pins!!

I hope you all had a terrific Labor Day last week and that you are enjoying a safe school year! Want to connect with Rethink the Drink? Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and our CPMA Website! “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest to show your pledge to rethink the drink!

Have a Safe Labor Day!!

Posted: September 1, 2013 by cpmacartersville in Useful Information

So, it’s Labor Day Weekend. Folks are getting tomorrow off from school and work. Many people are hosting parties, grill-outs, days at the lake//beach, and more! Be sure, in all your merry-making, that you stay safe and make wise choices! We here at Rethink the Drink hope you’ll check out our Pinterest page full of ideas for safe, fun, drug-free parties and that you’ll choose not to drink if you’re underage and if you’re legal, that you’ll set a good example for your underage friends and relations.