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Posted: May 5, 2017 by cpmacartersville in alcohol awareness
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Don’t Waste the Night! Celebrate Right!

Posted: April 26, 2017 by cpmacartersville in alcohol awareness
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It can be very tempting to drink on prom night. Many people do it, right? But the dangers far outweigh any perceived benefits you might enjoy. Make the wise choice. Protect yourself and others by rethinking the drink after prom. Have a great time!

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Graphics to Remind you to Rethink the Drink!

Posted: April 21, 2017 by cpmacartersville in alcohol awareness
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Here are some graphics you can share with your friends and family that remind you of the physical dangers of alcohol misuse! This Alcohol Awareness Month, be sure to make wise choices that can become better habits when it comes to alcohol use.

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Mocktails are a great way to cut out the alcohol in your life. Here are five resources with terrific mocktail recipes!

  1. Brit+Co: Springtime Mocktails!
  2. The Kitchn: 15 Delicious Spritzers, Sodas, and Mocktails
  3. Community Table: 8 Mocktails for Spring and Summer Tables
  4. Allrecipes: Mocktail Recipes
  5. She Knows: 5 Fresh Mocktails to Try this Spring

Give them a shot and let us know what you think!

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Staying Safe in Prom Season

Posted: April 7, 2017 by cpmacartersville in alcohol awareness
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Are you excited about prom this year? We’re so glad to hear it! We also hope that you’ll consider going alcohol-free this prom season. Alcohol misuse is related to a variety of dangers including unwanted pregnancies, dangerous driving, violent behavior, and more. To help you make wise choices this prom season, we wanted to link you to our Pinterest boards for planning an alcohol-free party and making mocktails!

> Alcohol-free drinks

> Party Time! 

Other ways to stay safe at prom include:

> Make sure your parents know where you are at all times (or where you will be.)

> Choose to go with friends who support your desire to rethink the drink!

> Spend the night at a friend’s house or at home to ensure you’re not out on the roads late at night when drunk drivers may be out and about.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, but it is also prime prom season. Be aware of your surroundings. Make wise choices. Take care of yourself.

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Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Misuse

Posted: March 31, 2017 by cpmacartersville in alcohol awareness
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Most underage drinkers and even adult drinkers often indulge for social reasons. Alcohol can lower your inhibitions and make you feel good, free, and buzzed. But what many adult and most underage drinkers don’t understand is how easy it is to abuse alcohol. Because alcohol lowers your inhibitions, it can be terribly easy to have one too many drinks far too often–especially if you don’t have the accountability that maturity and wise friends can give you. If you’re at a party drinking with other teenagers, chances are, you’re not very concerned about limiting yourself to one drink– as a more moderation-conscientious adult might do.

But what is that second, third, fourth, fifth drink doing to your body? If you’re indulging in alcoholic drinks as a teen or indulging in too many drinks as an adult, you could be heading towards alcohol abuse–the first BAD roadblock on the way to alcoholism. What is alcohol abuse?

“Alcohol abuse is defined as a pattern of drinking that can affect social and emotional responsibilities and even result in legal problems. When a person abuses alcohol, his or her drinking habits can harm his or her health or cause injury to the abuser or others.” From Lakeview Health Systems

PARENTS and FRIENDS: What are some signs of alcohol or drug abuse to look for in your children, friends,  or fellow teens:

>> The odor of alcohol can be found on their breath

>> Frequent changes in mood or attitude that may coincide with avoidance and hiding behaviors

>> Loss of interest in previous activities

>> Developmental difficulties arise

>> They seem depressed and secretive

>> Alcohol disappears from their home

>> An increase in party behavior

Isolated signs may not be an indication of alcohol abuse, but if many of these signs are seen together, try talking with your child or friend about their activities. Be open to what they have to say, but firm about the fact that abusing alcohol to cope with emotions or to fit into a social group can seriously harm their health, result in death, or ruin their emotional well-being. Most teens are aware of the dangers that alcohol can bring, but be sure to remind them of these risks.

What can parents do to help their child avoid alcohol abuse?

>> Be aware of where your teens are hanging out

>> Meet your teen’s friends and only allow them to associate with those whom you feel comfortable with and who are a good influence

>> Set curfews and limits on their independent activity

>> Know the parents of your teen’s friends

>> Encourage your teen to make independent, wise choices for their health and well-being

>> Have your child text you periodically if they are away from home for an extended period of time to check in with you.

Helpful resources on this subject: Dangers to Your Health: Alcohol Abuse // Kids and Alcohol // Stop Underage Drinking

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Latest Graphics!

Posted: March 24, 2017 by cpmacartersville in alcohol awareness
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Feel free to share these graphics with your friends and your family!

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