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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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Back to School Encouragement

Posted: August 7, 2015 by cpmacartersville in Teens
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You’re probably back to your daily school grind by now. If you’re wandering the halls feeling a bit overwhelmed, take heart! You can do it! You’re going to have an awesome school year! Just believe in yourself and be your own biggest fan!

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For many of you, it’s back-to-school time and you’re either excited, dreading it, or somewhere in between. Whatever your feelings are, we sincerely wish you a very happy new school year and hope that you’ll commit to making wise choices throughout your new semester. It takes courage to stand out from the crowd and be different. We know you can do it! Rethink the drink in ’15/’16! Set a trend for healthy, wise living!

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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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Find a Sobriety Buddy

Posted: June 1, 2015 by cpmacartersville in Teens
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If you are a teen who’s chosen to remain sober, it might be a great idea to find a friend who has also chosen the path of sobriety. Having social support for your choices is a great way to ensure that you’ll be able to maintain your commitments. If you are having trouble finding a friend in your school or sports team, try an online support group or forum. You’re never alone on your journey! Stay strong and rethink the drink!

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Today on the blog, we have five reasons to avoid alcohol as a teenager. These reasons are related to health and social relationships. We hope you’ll take them to heart and use them as inspiration to maintain sobriety as a teen!

  1. Alcohol can damage your growing brain and affect your mind later in life.
  2. Alcohol abuse can lead to violent behavior.
  3. Alcohol abuse can lead to risky sexual behaviors.
  4. Repeated alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol dependency.
  5. Sobriety takes a great deal of personal fortitude and can bolster your self-esteem.

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