Archive for January, 2015

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Maybe you’re struggling with peer pressure. Maybe you’ve been tempted to drink because you think you’ll enjoy the taste or the experience. Whatever your reasons for thinking about giving alcohol a try, we’re here to help you stay strong! Here are ten reasons for avoiding alcohol as a minor:

>> 1. It’s illegal. // It may seem like the most obvious of these reasons (hence why it’s number 1), but it is in fact a big deal. Underage drinking is illegal. In the vast majority of cases, even serving alcohol to minors is illegal. Best to just stay away from it altogether until you’re of legal drinking age (and even then, you should exercise extreme caution and wisdom).

>> 2. Drinking as a minor can affect your brain health. // Even light drinking as a minor can cause permanent brain damage.

>> 3. Drinking and driving can kill yourself and others. // Even if you don’t think of the consequences to yourself when you drink and drive, as soon as you roll out onto the pavement, the life of every other driver on the road is in your hands. Think of everyone. Don’t do it.

>> 4. Alcohol poisoning is real AND it can kill you. // Alcohol poisoning is not a joke. You can seriously poison your body by drinking too much alcohol in a short time.

>> 5. You might make decisions you’ll later regret. // Being under the influence of alcohol can lead you to make rash, unplanned decisions that can create drastic consequences you might have to live with for the rest of your life.It’s best to avoid a situation like this altogether so you don’t have to worry about it.

It’s not easy to say no when many of your peers might be saying yes. Just remember, YOU are in charge of your life. No one else. Rethink the drink and make wise choices for your body!

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The following images were taken at Rockmart High School in Polk County, GA, as a part of the Positive Social Norming strategy being employed by the student body there. A focus group of students selected a message representing results from surveying their student body and shares the actual number of students who admit to not using alcohol instead of assuming that most students are drinking. These teens deserve our respect and support! Go Rockmart High!

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The sign reads: 8 out of 10 Rockmart High Students Did Not Drink Alcohol In The Past 30 Days!

Go Rockmart High! Rethink the Drink is thrilled to see your empowering skills at work!

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Don’t Get Drawn In By Ads!

Posted: January 23, 2015 by cpmacartersville in adults, alcohol awareness, Resources, Teens
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This article says there’s a chance that alcohol ads can encourage teens to drink at earlier ages. If you’re a teen, do you feel that alcohol ads make you feel more tempted to drink? If you’re an adult, do you see your children or teenage acquaintances drinking more often after being exposed to television ads? Be in charge of your own behavior. Don’t let ads tempt you to drink or engage in other risky behaviors. Rethink the drink!

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If you haven’t dropped by our Pinterest boards lately, you should really check out our collection of inspirational pins! We have boards dedicated to alcohol-free parties, sobriety, recovery from alcohol abuse, information about the effects of alcohol misuse, etc. Follow us and share these important pins!

http://www.pinterest.com/RethinktheDrink/

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Resist Peer Pressure

Posted: January 16, 2015 by cpmacartersville in Parents, Resources, Teens
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One of the major factors in teen drinking is peer pressure. If you struggle with caving to that pressure, today’s resources are for you! If you are a parent who has a teen that struggles with peer pressure, use these resources to help encourage them to make their own decisions.

>> 5 Tips for Resisting Peer Pressure // Great Schools

>> 20 Ways to Avoid Peer Pressure // Your Life Counts

>> Peer Pressure // Teens for Life

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Resources for Victims

Posted: January 12, 2015 by cpmacartersville in alcohol awareness, Resources
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If you have ever been the victim of a drunk driving incident or any other form of alcohol abuse, we urge you to seek help, treatment, or support. Here are some excellent sources to get you started:

>> Madd.org // Victim Services

>> NIAAA // Support and treatment for those struggling with alcohol addiction or misuse.

>> NCADD // Programs and Services

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“Risk factors for developing a drinking problem include low self-esteem, depression, anxiety or another mood problem, as well as having parents with alcoholism.”

 

Watch for the signs in your life, the lives of your friends, and others. Caring friends inquire and reach out.

 

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/alcohol_abuse_and_alcoholism/article.htm#alcohol_use_disorder_facts

 

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