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I stumbled across this interesting article yesterday and it raises some really great ideas about what parents can do to help steer their kids away from alcohol: family rules. The rules included in the article were: 1) Make Family Dinner Non-Negotiable. // 2) Educate them and yourself about “scaring the crap out of you”. // 3) Do not condone alcohol or drug abuse directly or indirectly.

I really thought these family rules were worthwhile, especially when the writer discussed them in greater detail individually. I think I’d like to add several family rules to stick to in addition to the great ones above! (If you use these, feel free to add your own!)

4) Know your kid’s friends. // While this may seem self-explanatory to most of you, many parents do not know who their teens are hanging out with on a daily, weekly basis. It is absolutely imperative that you get to know your child’s friend group and if you do not approve of certain individuals for legitimate reasons, take a stand and talk with your child about your reasons for wanting them to disassociate with them.

5) Know your kid’s friends’ parents. // This is another big one that may seem “duh” to some parents and “whuh?” to others. Though your child may have a really classy friend, that friend’s parents might condone alcohol abuse when in their home. You need to know and be comfortable with a child’s parents before allowing your teen to spend time in the home of those parents. Know where your teen is hanging out!

6) Require your child to call/text you periodically throughout an evening away from home. // Depending on how much you feel you can trust your teen, this may be relaxed to a degree, but it is a good idea for you to establish an expectation that teens will communicate with you about their whereabouts and what they are doing when they are spending huge chunks of time away from home.

7) Require your child to participate in at least 1 extracurricular activity. // You don’t want to overload your child with too many extracurricular activities or they might become too stressed, but having 1 or 2 outside-of-school past times can be very healthy, social, and fun for your child. Consider sports, dance, martial arts, music lessons, or another activity that interests them.

I encourage you to read the original article. They make some very good points about the three rules they chose. What sorts of family rules does your household live by in an effort to keep your teens healthy and drug-free? Share with us!

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Posted: August 10, 2015 by cpmacartersville in adults, Teens
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The 4th of July is tomorrow and we at Rethink the Drink know how much fun it is to cook out with friends and family and enjoy the holiday. However, you can have just as much fun, if not more, without alcohol! Here are our top three tips for celebrating Independence Day safely and alcohol-free!

>> 1) Eliminate alcohol from your 4th of July party! — Alcohol and fireworks, physical activity, and driving DO. NOT. MIX. Considering most 4th of July parties involve all of those things, keep your friends and family safe by eliminating the alcohol. Not only is it extremely dangerous to mix alcohol and fireworks, but it is potentially fatal to mix alcohol with intense physical activity (in summer heat) and driving. Just don’t do it. Rethink the drink.

>> 2) Designate sober drivers for those who do drink! — Even if you choose not to serve alcohol at your own get-together, some of your guests may bring their own or may have been drinking already by the time they arrive. Make sure that EVERYONE who has consumed alcohol has a safe, sober driver to take them home. Confiscate keys if you have to. Do you part to keep intoxicated drivers off the road!

>> 3) Stay hydrated! — If your party is outdoors, it can get extremely toasty. Make sure you have plenty of alcohol-free beverages to keep yourself and your guests hydrated for a full day of fun! 

We truly hope you have a fun, safe holiday tomorrow! Happy 4th of July from Rethink the Drink!

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It isn’t easy staying sober when all your friends are out partying and drinking all the time. We’re here to give you some encouragement on your sobriety journey! Here are our top ten reasons to stay sober this summer!

1. Staying sober means you can help keep your friends safe by being a designated driver when they need one.

2. Staying sober means you are protecting your body from the damaging effects of alcohol.

3. By staying sober, you avoid the temptation to binge drink.

4. Staying sober means you can contribute to the number of SAFE drivers on the road.

5. You can stand up for your convictions and enhance your self-esteem.

6. There are other ways to cool off rather than always resorting to a cold beer.

7. You reduce your chances of engaging in addictive behaviors.

8. You keep your organs healthier and happier.

9. Staying sober is a great character builder.

10. Staying sober helps to set a good example for all generations.

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Posted: May 18, 2015 by cpmacartersville in adults, alcohol abuse
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It can be difficult to remain sober in the midst of a group of friends who love to party with alcohol. It can be difficult to remain sober after struggling for a long time with alcoholism. Today on the blog, we’d love to encourage you in your commitment to sobriety! Here are 5 tips for keeping confident while staying sober.

1. Your sobriety is no one’s business but yours. // If someone gives you a hard time at a party or asks you why you choose to stay sober, politely reply that it is none of their business. 

2. Staying sober is a decision made out of strength, not weakness. // It’s easy to go along with the crowd and to keep drinking, but staying sober takes strength and the fact that you’ve made that choice for yourself is admirable. 

3. Don’t make a big deal of it. // Don’t feel like you have to tell everyone about your journey to sobriety. If you want to talk about it, then do, but if you’d rather not, just don’t mention it. 

4. Find mocktails you love so that you can still have a fun drink at parties. // Just because you don’t drink doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious party beverage. Find your favorite mocktail and make it your go-too drink on your next night out. 

5. Keep yourself active and healthy. // The more active you are and the more nutritious your diet, the better you will feel overall. If you feel good, chances are you won’t feel the temptation to drink quite as much. Devote yourself to a healthy lifestyle to keep yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy.

We hope these tips are helpful for you!

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I’ll never forget the time I was in high school visiting a friend’s house. Her mother was at home and allowing the teens present to drink in the house. It was one of those occasions of, “I’d rather them drink in the house than outside where they’d be driving or getting themselves into trouble.” I was deeply disturbed. All I could think about was the fact that if even one teenager managed to escape her notice and drive home, that person could have gotten into an accident and killed or killed someone else. It bothers me to this day and I knew even in high school that I would never offer alcohol to minors. There are just too many variables to control — not to mention the fact that alcohol can damage growing brains and bodies.

Thankfully that night no one was hurt, but it could easily have happened. I urge you today, DO NOT SERVE ALCOHOL TO MINORS. Be a good, responsible, wise role model.

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