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This recent 11Alive (ATL) news story puts the spotlight on 19 teens who were arrested at a house party. Two parents were also arrested. The video within the article outlines more information about this situation. The bottom line? Underage drinking is NOT OKAY. It can lead to arrest, yes, but it can also lead to death, alcohol poisoning, and alcohol dependence. Make wise choices! Rethink the drink!

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Looking for some inspiration to live a sober life or to recover from alcohol addiction? Check out these resources!

>> About.com // Personal Alcohol and Drug Recovery Stories

>> Alcohol & Drug Abuse // Personal Recovery Stories

We encourage you to look at these stories. Don’t become a statistic. Rethink the drink. Make wise choices. Protect your body. After all, you only get one!

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**Attn Parents of 9th Graders in Polk County: please sign the permission form to have your ninth graders attend the Family Connection Teen Maze on November 5th and 6th. Contact your (Cedartown High or Rockmart High) school for more information.**

A new article on CBS news discusses genetics and peers and the impact they have on teen drinking. It’s a fascinating article and I encourage all teens and parents who visit the blog to take a look. Bottom line, peers may have more of an impact on alcohol behaviors rather than genetics or other factors.

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Many teens abuse alcohol for social reasons. They’ve got peer pressure to contend with. It’s seen as “something fun to do”. What many teens don’t know (and tragically some do), drinking alone can be an even bigger problem. Teens who drink alone usually do so because they are depressed or unhappy with their lives and social situations. As many people soon find out, drinking divorced from social situations can quickly become anything but fun. While alcohol may take the edge off of turbulent emotions, teens who drink alone usually consume more than they would in social situations over time. This can cause severe averse effects in the body and can further isolate those teens from their peers.

According to this ABC News Article, solitary drug users can have devastating effects on their futures:

Moreover, solitary smokers and drinkers were also less likely to graduate from college and more likely to engage in violent behavior, according to the study.

If you are a parent or teen who has loved ones who drink alone, urge them to seek help from local substance abuse counselors, organizations, or their doctors.  If YOU are a teen who drinks alone, find someone you implicitly trust and ask for their help. Remember, you don’t have to fall victim to drug and alcohol addiction! Make wise choices!

I’m sure all of you have heard of the tragic, premature death of Cory Monteith (one of the main stars of Fox’s hit show Glee). You also probably know that the cause of death was a lethal combination of heroine and alcohol. Cory had struggled with his addiction for many years, having been treated several times for his substance abuse in the past. It is so sad to hear of this young man’s demise. He had such a talent and such a way of reaching people through acting.

I cannot say what drove Monteith to substance abuse. What drives anyone to drugs and alcohol? Is it the fun? Is it to wash away decades of pain? Whatever the reason, IT IS NOT THE ANSWER. It is my wish that Cory’s death will prompt any young people who are struggling with addiction to seek help NOW.

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