Posts Tagged ‘Adult responsibility’

party drinkIt’s springtime! It’s that time of year when the flowers are blooming and everyone is desperate to get outside into the warmer weather! As graduation parties loom ahead and proms are every other weekend, we here at Rethink the Drink encourage you to host safe, alcohol-free parties! There are MILLIONS of ways to have fun without resorting to drugs. Here are 5 Tips for Keeping your Parties Alcohol Free and STILL have fun!

1. Have your guests bring their favorite non-alcoholic “mocktails”!

2. Serve spring-themed alcohol-free punch!

3. Have GREAT food as the rock-star of your event. 

4. Host a night of games, dancing, and karaoke to keep everyone entertained without the booze. 

5. Have a strict no-alcohol policy as people come into the door. 

We hope that you enjoy the springtime in healthy, alcohol-free ways! Rethink the drink! Also, Happy Alcohol Awareness Month!

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I recently stumbled across an article discussing a teen who struggled with alcohol abuse fueled by a friend’s mother. Adults providing teens with alcohol is hardly a new thing, but it could become rarer if more adults would make responsible decisions to protect the teens in their lives.

If you’re an adult with teenage children or in a position of leadership over teens, make wise decisions. Don’t buy alcohol for underage youth. Don’t allow drinking parties in your homes. Talk to your teens about safe decisions regarding dangerous substances.

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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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With Thanksgiving this week, safety should be on the minds of all travelers, parents, and families in general. Lots of people will be driving or flying to distant destinations to be with loved ones. There will, inevitably, be drunk drivers out on the road. Don’t be one of them. Here are some other tips for having a safe Thanksgiving!

1. Don’t serve alcohol to minors. // It can be customary at enclosed family gatherings to offer underage folks a small glass of wine or some other spiked holiday drink. This is not a great idea. Instead of allowing your teens and children to ingest a harmful intoxicant, rather, you should model appropriate drinking behavior in front of them. Have 1 or 2 drinks and remain sober.

2. If you do plan to drink, designate a sober driver. // If you do plan on drinking and you still have other places to drive after a get-together, make sure you have a sober driver. Don’t be the cause of an accident that can change lives forever!!

3. Keep an eye out for emotional situations that might trigger problem behaviors. // The holidays are, unfortunately, a difficult time for many people. You might have family members or friends who resort to destructive behaviors to get through the holidays. If you know you or a friend has a problem with alcohol during hard times, seek help before you need the alcohol to get you through.

4. If you are the host of a family gathering, set down strict rules for drinking and driving. // Don’t let friends or family drive drunk. PERIOD.

5. Try to stay indoors after dark on the congested travel nights to avoid wild drivers who might have been drinking. // It may seem paranoid, but if you can just stay in after dark on Thanksgiving night and leave after light the next day, it can increase your chances of avoiding drunk drivers.

Happy Holidays!

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With Halloween behind us, the holiday season is officially here! Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza are on the horizon. Holiday parties will be common throughout the coming weeks. Keep in mind the need to rethink the drink during these occasions. If you’re underage, abstain from drinking alcohol altogether. Abusing alcohol can have life-altering effects in your life. If you’re a legal adult and of drinking age, model responsible drinking behaviors for the younger generation and always have a sober driver if you’re in a vehicle after drinking.

Our Pinterest Page has great alcohol-free drink recipes and other party ideas!

Happy Holidays from us!

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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.**

News like this is just sad… If you are a business owner, carding customers should be an immediate action when someone comes up to the counter to purchase alcohol. Clerks and other sales associates should be trained to understand the importance of compliance when it comes to restricting alcohol purchases to legal adults. An adult should never serve or sell alcohol to minors. PERIOD. Rethink the drink and prevent underage alcohol abuse!

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If you are a parent looking to take our survey, click here.

**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.**

It puts a lot of pressure on adults when they hear, “You need to be a role model for the younger generation.” As much pressure as that might add to an already stressful adult lifestyle, it’s true. News like this reinforces the fact that adults need to be mindful of their actions and how it might affect other people. If you are an adult who is a parent to a teen or who has young teen friends or acquaintances, be the role model you wish YOU had had as a teenager. Make wise choices when it comes to alcohol, exercise, work, relationships, and your hobbies. Show the upcoming generations that it IS possible to live a positive life and to make consistent, healthy decisions.

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