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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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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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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!

Posted: May 4, 2015 by cpmacartersville in adults, safe holidays, Teens
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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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Posted: May 1, 2015 by cpmacartersville in adults, Teens, Useful Information
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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

Posted: April 27, 2015 by cpmacartersville in adults, Teens
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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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