Archive for June, 2014

Celebrate Without Alcohol

Posted: June 30, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Teens
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Alcohol is not necessary for a good time. With summer holidays coming up (like the Fourth of July and Labor Day), remember that fun does not equal alcohol. There are so many ways to celebrate holidays and friendship without popping open a beer. When spending time with friends during the summer holidays, be intentional about your time together. Put away the smart phones and dangerous substances. Talk with one another. Listen. Spend time playing sports out doors or going on a hike. Cook great food together! Create delicious alcohol-free summertime drinks. There are probably thousands of reasons to avoid alcohol when celebrating, but one we’ll give you today:

>> Alcohol doesn’t make a situation: better/more fun/more memorable/more exciting. It can make a situation: dangerous/easily forgotten/fatal.

With the fourth of July coming up this Friday, think about that reason and find safe ways to celebrate with your friends and family!

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Posted: June 27, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Teens
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photo (2)Show your pledge to rethink the drink by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! Your support helps us spread the word about the dangers of alcohol to a wider audience and we appreciate it more than you know! Our hearts are to provide youth and adults with accurate and timely information about the dangers of underage alcohol abuse and to spread that word to our community.

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Looking to host a perfect summer party for a sports event, a birthday, or holiday celebration? Check out our Pinterest boards, [PARTY IDEAS] and [PARTY SNACKS] for great brainstorming material! Also check out our [ALCOHOL-FREE DRINKS] board for lots of healthy, sober-minded drinks!

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Stumbled across an interesting article today that proposed the effects of alcohol to be more damaging to women than to men. Doesn’t mean men have license to over-drink (NO ONE SHOULD DRINK AT EXCESSIVE LEVELS), but it should definitely make you consider holding back if you’re a female. If you’re underage, rethink the drink and avoid alcohol altogether! If you’re of legal drinking age, be responsible with your consumption and prevent the misuse of alcohol in minors!

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Some of these myths about alcohol might surprise you. Lifehacker just released an article about 8 common myths regarding alcohol and I know 1 or 2 of them might help you make more informed decisions about indulging if you’re overage and give you reasons to stay alcohol free if you’re underage! Check it out!

>> 8 Stubborn Alcohol Myths Debunked By Science // Lifehacker

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It’s summertime! Everyone wants to fit into that attractive swim suit or stylish pair of shorts for the beach or taking a stroll around town. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, make avoiding alcohol one of your goals. It’s a little considered thought, but it’s very true that alcohol can lead to weight gain. Consuming alcohol means consuming additional calories that you wouldn’t otherwise take in. It can also increase your appetite. As you drink, your inhibitions and “stopping mechanisms” are impaired, meaning you are likely to overindulge.

Now, in the articles below, you’ll notice that drinking in moderation will not necessarily cause weight gain. However, if you are underage, you should be avoiding alcohol at all costs for legal and health reasons. If you’re of age and enjoy a drink every now and then, keep in mind the principle of moderation and limit yourself and set a good example for those underage people around you.

>> About.com’s Article on Alcohol and Weight Gain

>> The Alcoholism’s Guide to Alcohol and Weight Gain

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Alcohol and Depression

Posted: June 9, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Resources, Teens, Useful Information
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Because alcohol has a sedative effect on the brain, many people feel inclined to use it when they’re feeling down. NOT a good idea. Masking your anxiety, depression, or sadness with alcohol will only exacerbate the problem of dealing with your emotions and it could also lead to a very destructive addiction. Alcohol is not a solution to ANY problem, especially an emotional one.

Here are a few articles about the topic of alcohol and depression. Take a look and share these articles with your friends and loved ones!

>> WebMD: Alcohol and Depression 

>> Depression Helper.com: Alcohol and Depression

>> Psych Central: Why Alcohol and Depression Don’t Mix

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