Are you modeling safe alcohol behaviors for your teens?

It can be easy to forget that our teens watch our behavior and learn how to behave as adults. We too often go about our daily lives as parents forgetting that every move we make is being scrutinized by our kids. Today, we want to remind you to take your place as a role model for the next generation seriously. One way you can do this is by modeling appropriate and safe behaviors around alcohol.

  • Do you often have an alcoholic drink and drive soon after?
  • Do you binge drink?
  • Do you allow your teens to drink alcohol in your own home?
  • Do you allow your teen to drink alcohol PERIOD?

All of these behaviors are harmful and send the wrong message for your teen. Instead, show them the following:

  • Drinking in moderation.
  • Always designating a sober driver for yourself if you’re traveling after imbibing.
  • Never allowing your teens to drink, even in the safety of your own home. Alcohol can damage the growing brain and lead to accidents and more.

Our teens learn from our behavior. They look to us for proper cues for healthy living. Be the best example that you can be. Keep lines of communication open between you and your child and be an approachable person for them to share their questions and concerns.

A great resource for talking to your teens about alcohol can be found at the Mayo Clinic website.

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Did you know that alcohol dehydrates you?

Yep. It’s true. Alcohol is a diuretic, which is a fancy way of saying that it causes your body to take fluids out of your blood via your kidneys and other parts of your renal system at a much faster rate than say, water or other liquids that do not have a diuretic effect.

If you drink too much alcohol at once, it can cause dehydration. If you are of legal drinking age, one way to combat this is through drinking water while you drink your alcohol. If you are underage, avoid alcohol at all costs!

Better yet, no matter your age, next time you’re craving alcohol, go for water, tea, or non-caloric soda instead! Your health (and your body) will thank you!

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Are you a binge drinker?

Binge drinking is one of the worst things you can do when consuming alcohol. Binge drinking can lead to all sorts of impairments, lead to accidents, and even lead to alcohol poisoning which can be fatal. Are you one of the 24%? If you are, you are not alone and you can always make a change for the better. Choose this day to avoid alcohol misuse and protect your body and mind from the dangers of consuming alcohol. If you are a teen, avoid alcohol altogether to protect your growing body and brain. If you are an adult, avoid alcohol misuse and make choices for your best health. We know you can do it!

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What are you most thankful for in 2019?

This year, what are you most thankful for? It’s easy to give trite answers around the Thanksgiving table, but we really want you to think. Have you stayed sober for a longer period of time than you ever have? Give thanks and celebrate! Have you made a commitment to avoid alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other harmful drugs? Celebrate and give thanks! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments this year! Look forward to 2020 and pave a way for your own best future!

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How do you stay motivated?

How do you stay motivated to continue in your sobriety journey? It can be difficult to maintain a strong conviction when “everyone else is doing it.” A lot of people drink alcohol and consume other harmful drugs, but you can be strong in your plan to rethink the drink! We believe in you!

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Dealing with pain

Sometimes, emotional or physical pain can feel like it’s defeating us. In times of high stress, many people turn to alcohol and other harmful drugs to cope with the trauma. However, these are fleeting, momentary solutions and will not help you deal with your pain longterm or even help you process the source of the pain. We encourage you this week to research better ways for coping with emotional and physical distress. Find a well-reviewed therapist in your area. Take up a hiking habit and enjoy the fall colors. Focus on good self-care and healthy habits. We know you can do it!

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Are you a binge drinker?

Binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a 2 hour period for men, 4 or more drinks during the same period for women) can lead to alcohol poisoning (which can be fatal) along with other issues.

It can be easy to give into temptation and binge on alcohol when at a party with friends or in another social setting where drinking is commonplace. Just remember to rethink the drink when you are in those situations. Choose a mocktail instead of an alcoholic drink! Try a new soda or tea. Just because you’re out with friends doesn’t mean you have to imbibe.

We believe in you! Stay strong this week.

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