Archive for March, 2014

April is Alcohol Awareness Month!

Throughout this month, Rethink the Drink will be bringing you articles about the specific dangers of underage and adult alcohol abuse! Topics covered will include: addiction, alcohol poisoning, alcohol and emotional stress, alcohol and abuse, alcohol and death, resources for recovery, life beyond alcohol, and being an example of sobriety and moderation to the world. We hope you’ll stick with us throughout the month of April (and beyond) and that you’ll share our articles with your friends and family. Thank you for all your support!

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Natural High: Spring is Here!

Posted: March 28, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Useful Information
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Spring is here! That means more sunshine, warmer weather, and more opportunities to get outside and have some fun with your friends and family! Many people who are struggling with emotional distress or the drama of daily living feel the need to resort to alcohol and other drugs to feel better. Why not, instead, get outside in the fresh spring sunshine and go for a hike or walk with some friends? Natural highs are those we can enjoy without participating in harmful activities. Endorphins are released when we take part in physical activity, making us feel happier. Hiking, running, walking, swimming, and any other outdoor sports can help you feel a flood of endorphins and will also increase your physical fitness. Next time you feel tempted to drink alcohol to ease your stress, choose to go for a hike instead! Get outside and get your natural high!

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“A new study from U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism indicates that alcohol-related traffic deaths are still vastly underreported on death certificates.” (source) Alcohol is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and many people still do not heed the warnings about driving while under even minor alcohol influence. Madd is an excellent resource for those looking for more information about alcohol-related traffic death and injury.

If you’re out drinking with friends as an adult, be sure to designate a sober driver to see you all safely home. If you’re underage, avoid alcohol altogether and never get into the car with an intoxicated driver. Rethink the drink and protect yourself from an alcohol related traffic incident!

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I always cringe when I hear a story about parents or other adults buying alcohol for minors. Really? REALLY? Stories like this are enough to make you shake your head and scowl. There were some very poignant quotes in this article that hit at the heart of adults buying alcohol for underage people:

“You might get them started on the road to alcoholism,” said Clovis police Sgt. Brett Hershberger. “You’re furnishing them alcohol. They could get drunk and then end up getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and killing somebody, and we don’t want that; that’s what we want to prevent.” (source)

That is exactly the problem. Many adults buy alcohol for minors thinking that the law is “stupid” or “too harsh”, but they rarely think of the consequences of their actions. By purchasing alcohol for a teen, you could be indirectly causing a future addiction or the death of someone. Think about that the next time a teenager outside a package store asks you to buy beer for them. For more thoughts about adult responsibility when it comes to preventing underage alcohol abuse, check out our Pinteres boards [FOR PARENTS] and [ADULT RESPONSIBILITY].

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted: March 17, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Headlines
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We here are Rethink the Drink hope your St. Patrick’s day is full of good clean, green fun! Many people feel that there is an excuse to go wild with alcohol on this holiday. Rather than that, why not enjoy some non-alcoholic beverages and fun themed treats? If you host a party, have your friends bring their favorite alcohol-free drink and themed food. Listen to some Celtic music or watch a great Irish film. Research the history of St. Patrick and learn about the holiday itself! Whatever you do, we hope you’ll make wise choices, have fun, and Rethink the Drink!

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Connect with Rethink the Drink!

Posted: March 14, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Headlines, Resources
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Getting sober is one of the best possible decision you could make when it comes to your health. However, most people don’t consider the withdrawal symptoms when they begin their journey to sobriety. The best plan is not to begin using alcohol and other drugs in the first place. If you find yourself hooked and desperate for freedom from your addictions, don’t be afraid to see professional help. Withdrawal is a scary and often difficult. The more you drink, the worse your withdrawal symptoms are likely to be.

MOST COMMON ALCOHOL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS

Compiled from WebMD // About.com // MedlinePlus

>> Anxiety

>> Depression

>> Fatigue

>> Irritability

>> Jumpiness

>> Mood swings

>> Nightmares

>> Not thinking clearly

>> Sweating

>> Headache

>> Insomnia

>> Nausea / Vomiting

I encourage you to check out each of the above articles for more information about severe withdrawal symptoms. Those listed above are the “best case” withdrawal scenarios. Withdrawal can be much worse and can even lead to blackouts, convulsions, hallucinations, and more. Protect yourself from this scenario by rethinking the drink!

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