Archive for April, 2014

Throughout the month of April, Rethink the Drink has brought you a variety of articles about the dangers of alcohol, resources for recovery, and the encouragement that it is OKAY not to drink. Today, we wanted to discuss how important it is to be a good role model for your peers and for those younger than yourself. What makes a good role model when it comes to modeling appropriate behavior in relation to alcohol? Here are our thoughts!

For Those Under the Legal Drinking Age:

>> Be strong and confident in your decision not to drink.

>> Don’t be afraid to vocalize your decision not to drink in front of your friends.

>> Refrain from participating in situations that might tempt you to drink.

>> Surround yourself with like-minded friends so that you can support one another.

>> Raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol.

For Those Above the Legal Drinking Age:

>> Model safe drinking behaviors.

>> Never drive while under the influence of alcohol.

>> Support underage persons in their decision to abstain from drinking.

>> Never serve alcohol to minors.

>> If you choose not to drink, offer to drive your friends home safely after a social event where alcohol was served.

We at Rethink the Drink want you to live a long, healthy, and happy life that is free from avoidable influences and destructive behaviors. Choose to be the best role model for others that you can be!

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Life Beyond Alcohol

Posted: April 25, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Resources, Teens, Useful Information
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Throughout this month, we’ve been discussing the dangers of alcohol and resources for recovery. Something we wanted to bring to your attention today is this: It’s okay to NOT drink alcohol. Seriously. You may have been pressured your entire life into drinking because of your peers, family, or culture, but the plain fact is, you can go your entire life avoiding alcohol and you don’t have to apologize to ANYONE. When you are of legal drinking age, it can sometimes feel like you have to go out and have a drink in order to fit in, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to. You may not really like the taste of alcohol, or you may not want to put alcohol into your body because of health or addiction concerns. You may have religious opposition to alcohol. Whatever your reason is, you can absolutely live a wonderful and fulfilling life without drinking alcohol.

If you’ve never considered this, take some serious time to reflect on it. If you’re underage, avoid alcohol at all costs! It’s not worth the legal, health, and social trouble that comes with it. If you’re of age, consider the following questions:

>> If I drink alcohol, can I rely on myself to engage in safe drinking behaviors?

>> Do I even like the taste of alcohol?

>> Am I just drinking because everyone else does it?

>> Could I develop an addiction to alcohol?

Take time to contemplate these questions and decide intentionally whether or not you want to drink alcohol as an of-age adult. If the answer is NO, don’t feel bad or weird or socially incorrect. Whatever choices you make for your own health should be celebrated and we here at Rethink the Drink support you! If you do decide to drink alcohol once you’re of age, remember to drink responsibly and be an example for younger and older generations.

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Bartow County Citizens! Check Out This Survey!!

Posted: April 23, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Bartow News, Headlines
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BARTOW FOR HEALTHY MINDS (BHM)* invites you to complete a survey which seeks to identify gaps in systems and gathers information to aid in planning for improving behavioral, mental, and emotional health in Bartow County.

The survey is for people who live and/or work in Bartow County.  It is very brief and can be completed in less than 5 minutes.

PLEASE GO TO  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BartowforHealthyMinds TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY.

The link will be active until May 22nd.

*BARTOW FOR HEALTH MINDS (formerly Behavioral and Emotional Health Resources) is A coalition dedicated to improving behavioral, mental, and emotional health in Bartow County.

Resources for Recovery

Posted: April 21, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Resources
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As April winds down, and we’ve spent the last few weeks taking a look at the devastating effects of alcohol, we here at Rethink the Drink want to spend the next couple weeks taking a look at the GOOD NEWS! There is recovery from alcohol addiction and there is hope for a life beyond alcohol. Today, we wanted to offer you a variety of resources for recovery to help you get yourself on the road to sobriety and good health.

>> Recovery.org’s listings for the state of Georgia

>> Georgia Recovery Center Listings

>> Assisted Recovery Centers of Georgia

>> Alcoholics Anonymous

There are, of course, many more options available if you perform a simple Google search or use another search engine with the same query. We hope that you’ll consider recovery a viable option for you! It is absolutely okay to live life alcohol-free, especially if alcohol has been a destructive force in your life. If you’d like some inspiration on the road to recovery, check out our board on Pinterest: [RECOVERY].

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Alcohol use is the third leading cause of lifestyle-related death in the United States (CDC reports). Death from alcohol abuse can result from short-term and long-term causes. Violence, traffic injuries, and alcohol poisoning are just a few of the short-term ways people can die in relation to alcohol use. Longer-term causes include liver disease, cancer, and psychiatric problems. Below, you’ll find a list of articles related to Alcohol and Death. Read them, share them, and be sure to rethink the drink to avoid these sorts of situations listed above.

>> Alcohol and Death Fact Sheet

>> Alcohol Linked to 75,000 Deaths a Year

>> Alcohol and Cardiac Death

>> News About Alcohol as a Leading Cause of Death

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Alcohol abuse can lead to other sorts of abuse — mental, emotional, and physical. Today, we’re going to focus on the physical abuse that can result from abusing alcohol. Domestic violence is often seen in relationships where one or more partners abuse alcohol. Domestic violence can include emotional, physical, verbal, economic, and sexual abuse.

Though correlation isn’t causation, studies (source link) often show frequent alcohol abuse in men who batter their wives. As well, alcohol is known to lessen inhibition and increase risky behavior. It is no surprise that alcohol abusers would engage in violence.

Below, you can find a comprehensive list of links that shed further light on alcohol abuse and domestic violence, along with resources to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing violence of this sort.

>> Alcohol Abuse and Domestic Violence

>> Alcohol & Child Abuse

>> Alcohol & Violence

>> Domestic Abuse – Why They Do It

>> Help for Abused and Battered Women

>> The National Domestic Violence Hotline

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Many individuals (teens and adults alike) turn to alcohol and other drugs to manage emotional stress. The high, easy feeling that comes from imbibing intoxicating substances can help us “check out” and escape from immediate pain and distress. However, constantly treating your emotions with an addictive drug can have devastating life-long consequences. Continued use of alcohol to help ease emotional stress can lead to destructive behaviors and common drug-induced health concerns such as:

>> Alcohol Poisoning (read more about that here)

>> Alcoholism

>> Alienation from friends and family

>> Avoidance of engaging in healthy coping strategies

>> Diseases of the liver and some cancers

If you are under immense stress and it is causing you to feel anxious, concerned, depressed, or to experience any other negative emotions, find a counselor or friend you can confide in and talk to. There are many other healthy ways to deal with emotional stress and to get that feeling of ease and contentment. Check out our Pinterest Board, [NATURAL HIGH] for some ideas! Also consider one or more of the following options:

>> Talk to a counselor or psychologist

>> Find a social outlet like a club or sport

>> Get outside in the sunshine and go for a walk or hike

>> Eat nourishing foods and engage in regular activity to keep your body (and brain) in tip top shape

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