Archive for February, 2015

binge drinkingToday on Rethink the Drink, we want to inform you about the dangerous effects of binge drinking. As you can see to the left, binge drinking is defined as having 4 or more drinks in one sitting (for women) and 5 or more drinks in one sitting (for men). Binge drinking is common among minors and adults alike. Many people unintentionally binge drink when they are “having a good time” and keep imbibing well past the level of health and safety. Below, you’ll find 10 facts about binge drinking. We hope that the next time you have the opportunity to drink, you’ll be wise and make a smarter choice. You can do it! Rethink the drink!

1) Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning (a sometimes fatal health condition that results from drinking too much in a short time).

2) Binge drinking can lead to minor and major accidental injuries from falls, burns, vehicle crashes, and more. 

3) Binge drinking can lead to violence in social situations when people lose their inhibitions and get into altercations. 

4) Binge drinking can lead to unintended sexual consequences such as rape, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted disease. 

5) Frequent binge drinking can lead to liver disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and other health problems. 

6) Though anyone can fall into the trap of binge drinking, it is most common among young people aged 18-22. 

7) 35% of college students admit to binge drinking (according to a study conducted by University of Michigan). 

8) Binge drinking is not the same as alcohol dependence. Many people who engage in binge drinking do so “for fun”, but do not realize the dangerous consequences. 

9) Males are twice as likely to engage in binge drinking. 

10) Alcohol is the third leading cause of death in the 15-24 age group. 

As you can see from the facts listed above, you can see the disastrous consequences of binge drinking. Avoid these scary situations and protect yourself. Rethink the drink.

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Sources:

>> http://www.the-alcoholism-guide.org/binge-drinking-statistics.html

>> http://responsibility.org/binge-drinking/statistics

>> http://www.learn-about-alcoholism.com/binge-drinking-statistics.html

>> http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm

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Aalcoholchangesyoulcohol can be a deceptively dangerous drug. Because it is legal to drink at 21 in the U.S., and alcohol is so easily purchased, teens and adults can swiftly become addicted to it. Alcohol dependence can come with some very unpleasant side effects and consequences. Today on the blog, we’re sharing 5 of the scariest alcohol facts.

1) Alcohol poisoning — an overdose on alcohol in a very short period of time — can kill you even if you do receive immediate medical attention.

2) It is extremely difficult to overcome alcoholism once it is developed. However with professional help and support from wise friends, it is achievable.

3) Prolonged alcohol use can lead to the development of a host of mental and physical illnesses including cancer, depression, and liver disease.

4) Drinking while pregnant can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome.

5) Alcohol abuse can lead to violent behavior and can result in rape, murder, and other horrific acts.

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Don’t Be These Teens…

Posted: February 20, 2015 by cpmacartersville in Teens
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alcoholchangesyouA group of teens in California vandalized a local supermarket and drank alcohol throughout the store. The article below highlights the damage they made and the customer they injured by pouring cooking oil on the floor. Don’t be these teens. Be wise. Make choices that respect yourself and others.

>> Teens Ransack California SaveMart…

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Underage Drinking Kills

Posted: February 16, 2015 by cpmacartersville in drunk driving, Teens
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This article from Fox10TV shares a story about a teenager who killed his bestfriend when he drove them home one night while under the influence of alcohol. Stories like this are, unfortunately, not unusual and underage drinking leads to many deaths–not only motor vehicle related deaths. Alcohol misuse kills. Rethink the drink. Stay safe. Make wise choices.

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it's okay not to drinkAlcohol is not required to have a terrific, fun, and romantic Valentine’s Day weekend! If you and your significant other are going out this weekend, find alcohol-free, safe ways to celebrate! If you’re single, but plan to hang out with friends, throw a party with alcohol-free beverages and great snacks! It’s okay not to drink and believe it or not, most of your friends aren’t drinking. Stay safe. Make wise choices! Have a great Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

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If you’re a teen, show your pledge to rethink the drink. Choose not to be an underage drinker! Show your pledge by joining our text back campaign!

TEENS: TEXT “PLEDGE” TO 25399 TO SHOW YOUR PLEDGE AND RECEIVE MONTHLY MESSAGES ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ALCOHOL!

PARENTS: TEXT ” PREVENT” to 25399 TO SHOW YOUR PLEDGE AND RECEIVE MONTHLY MESSAGES ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ALCOHOL!

We typically only send out 1 text a month. Help us show a positive light to students out there that the majority of their friends are NOT drinking!

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This recent 11Alive (ATL) news story puts the spotlight on 19 teens who were arrested at a house party. Two parents were also arrested. The video within the article outlines more information about this situation. The bottom line? Underage drinking is NOT OKAY. It can lead to arrest, yes, but it can also lead to death, alcohol poisoning, and alcohol dependence. Make wise choices! Rethink the drink!

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