5 Reasons to Avoid Alcohol as a Teen

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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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5 Tips for Keeping Confident While Staying Sober

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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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Don’t Serve Alcohol to Minors

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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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Have a Safe Summer!

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Summer is just around the corner for many of you. If you’re still in high school or college, we hope that you’ll endeavor to have a safe,  alcohol-free summer. Frequent alcohol use can lead to binge-drinking, disease, drunk driving, violence, risky sexual behavior, depression, and more. Know that there are millions of ways to have fun that don’t include dangerous drugs like alcohol. We hope you’ll decide to be an example for your friends and family and show that alcohol is not necessary to have a blast this summer!

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Our Latest Graphics!

Happy Friday, everyone! Today on the blog, I wanted to share a few of our newest graphics! We post these graphics to our Instagram, Facebook Youth and Adult pages, and our Pinterest Boards. If you don’t follow us there, enjoy these and we hope you’ll follow us on our other homes on the web! Follow the links at the bottom of this post to support Rethink the Drink!

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Behavior Check

Today on the blog, we wanted to help you check in on your behavior around alcohol. Answer these questions truthfully to yourself and if you say yes to several, you may have a serious alcohol misuse problem. If you do, tell someone and seek help. You don’t have to live dependent on alcohol!

>> Do you often find yourself drinking when you’re down or upset?

>> Do you drink more than 4 or 5 drinks right after another at parties or at home?

>> Do you drink out of a response to peer pressure?

>> Do you drink early in the day just to “get yourself through”?

>> Do you drink every day?

>> Do you find it difficult to stop drinking once you start?

If you have answered yes to one or several of these, you need to consider getting professional help to break your alcohol abuse habits. That could be a professional counselor, a 12 step program, or a residential treatment facility. Whatever you choose, find help that fits your needs and give yourself your best change at recovery! Alcoholic.Org has a terrific and helpful website with more information.

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3 Tips for An Alcohol-Free Summer

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As the school year winds down to an end, everyone has summer on their minds! It’ll be here before we know it and we should all prepare to have a safe, fun summer season! Here are 5 tips for staying sober this summer and finding clean and safe ways to celebrate the sun!

1 // When throwing parties, serve a variety of alcohol-free punches and drinks! — It’s not hard to throw together a tasty punch with soda, fruit juice, and fresh fruit! You could also serve flavored waters and teas to refresh your guests.

2 // Hang around with the friends who support your decision to abstain from drinking. — The “right crowd” is so important. Don’t hang around with people who are tempting you to make bad decisions or to harm your body. Find friends who support and encourage you to follow your convictions.

3 // When spending time with friends, go outside and get active in the sunshine! — Exercise and the outdoors are both helpful in increasing endorphins and “feel-good” combinations of hormones. Get out there and get your high the healthy way!

4 //We truly hope that you’ll take these tips to heart and strive to have a healthy, happy summer!

 

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