Archive for December, 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Posted: December 31, 2013 by cpmacartersville in Headlines, Parents, Teens
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happynewyear'seve2012When you’re out celebrating the New Year with your friends, remember to rethink the drink and stay safe! Refuse to drink alcohol if you’re underage. If you’re an adult, use caution and be a good role model. Make sure you do not drive if you’ve had anything to drink and if you’re a passenger, make sure your driver is sober. Make wise choices and have a great last night of 2013!

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Goals for the New Year!

Posted: December 27, 2013 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Resources, Teens
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2014 is almost upon us! It’s time for reflection on 2013 and for coming up with goals for the new year. We here at Rethink the Drink hope you will consider abstaining from alcohol as one of your goals! There are so many fun ways to celebrate life other than resorting to alcohol and other drugs. If you’re looking for great ideas for alcohol-free living, check out our Pinterest Page! Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Here are some great resources for learning more about the dangers of alcohol:

>> MADD.org

>> National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

>> Coalition to Prevent the Misuse of Alcohol

We hope that you’ll use and share these resources and take their articles to heart! Rethink the drink in 2014!!

Merry Christmas from Rethink the Drink!

Posted: December 24, 2013 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Teens
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merrychristmas2012Everyone at CPMA and Rethink the Drink hopes you have a terrific Christmas! Remember to make wise choices when you are with your friends and family at social gatherings. If you are underage, avoid alcohol and choose, instead, to have fun alcohol-free treats! If you are an adult, be a good role model and show appropriate drinking behavior or better yet, avoid it altogether in favor of other tasty spirits-free varieties.

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Holidays can be the most exciting times of the year and the most stressful. That is one of the reasons why drinking and drug abuse are more prevalent during these times of year. Because holidays often involve large social gatherings and gift giving, people tend to feel stressed and pressured. Money can be tight. Family get-togethers may be strained and filled with their own dysfunction. Incidents of drinking and driving sky rocket around the holidays and people who don’t normally consume alcohol enjoy holiday mixers and more liquor than usual.

Here are some excellent resources to consider when it comes to the dangers of holiday drinking:

>> Alcohol Dependency and Abuse Throughout the Holidays

>> Holiday Alcohol Abuse

>> Addiction and the Holidays

Share these with your loved ones, friends, and anyone else who may need to be reminded of the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse during the holidays!

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If there are any minors out there looking for one more reason to avoid alcohol completely, hopefully this one will play into your sense of self-esteem. For adults who can legally imbibe, hopefully you will reconsider the excessive holiday partying. Alcohol has been shown to cause weight gain due to the fact that the body often treats alcohol as a fat, along with several other factors. Consuming alcoholic drinks means consuming unnecessary calories that your body doesn’t need for optimum health. Here are a few more tidbits to to keep in mind when it comes to alcohol and weight gain:

>> Alcohol stimulates appetite

>> Alcohol alters normal digestion

>> Alcohol slows the metabolism

>> Increased alcohol consumption and holiday eating habits can increase the risk of unwanted weight gain

>> Mixed drinks carry even more calories and since mixed drinks are popular during the holidays, people might consume more than normal.

>> Alcohol consumption can sabotage your weight loss goals.

Sources: Alcohol and Weight Gain // Holiday Weight Gain from Alcohol // How Alcohol Causes Weight Gain

So, for adults looking to have a trim waistline or for teens looking for one more reason to avoid consuming alcohol as a minor, keep these facts in mind and make wise choices!

Have a happy, healthy, holiday season!

Plan Your Perfect Alcohol-Free Holiday Party!

Posted: December 13, 2013 by cpmacartersville in Headlines, Teens, Useful Information
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Looking to host an awesome get-together with your friends this holiday season? Use our Pinterest page to help you plan out the food, the decor, and the fun! Here’s an example of a little shindig you could put together using our boards for inspiration!

1// Select your theme(s). I love this little hot chocolate themed holiday party complete with a hot chocolate “bar”! You could ask your friends to cozy up with their favorite pajamas and bring along a treat to share!

2// Select your snacks. Have a variety of tasty morsels to share with your buddies! Click the image above for some great ideas!

3// Pick your entertainment! How about popping in ‘The Grinch’ or ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ to share with your friends? Find a great movie that everyone loves and snack on your tasty treats or play some holiday games!

Browse our boards and put together your own awesome holiday party!

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Here’s a link to the Alcohol EDU survey (if you are a participant). 🙂

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Though it is admirable and absolutely critical that we should educate teens and minors about alcohol abuse, it is also just as important to raise awareness about adult alcohol abuse. Just take a look at these startling facts gleaned from the following sources: The Independent // BT.com // Breakingnews.ie.

>> “Almost one in five hospital admissions for people in their 40s is related to alcohol and drug abuse, a new report has revealed….” (The Independent)

>> “…the profile of binge drinkers is older than it was a decade ago….” (BT.com)

>> In the UK, “Among those aged 45 to 49, 18% of emergency admissions [to the hospital] are for drink and drugs…” (Breakingnews.ie)

Adults, being of legal drinking age, are those who must model responsible drinking habits and avoid destructive behaviors that can lead to binge drinking, alcohol poisoning, and alcohol abuse. These items above illustrate the great need there is to raise awareness about harmful drinking behaviors not only among teenagers, but among adults as well. During this holiday season, strive to exercise appropriate alcohol habits and be a good role model not only for our young people, but for your peers as well!

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