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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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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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Rockmart High Students conducted a survey among their classmates and found out that 78% of Rockmart High students drink SODA, WATER, or TEA when hanging with friends! Contrary to popular teen beliefs, everyone is NOT drinking. Most kids choose NOT to drink alcohol in their underage years. If you’re a teen struggling with peer pressure to consume alcohol, remember that you’re not alone in making wise decisions. Rethink the drink!

Thanks, Rockmart High, for sharing your positive information!!

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I keep up to date on the news about alcohol-related incidents and today I stumbled across an article about alcohol misuse headlining with this statement:

“Alcohol More Dangerous Than Drug Dealing or Gangs” ‘

It took me aback, but the article had sources and many well-founded statements. I think all drugs are dangerous and gang activity is typically violent and damaging. However, there is no doubt that alcohol is usually more easily accessible for minors than many other drugs. Alcohol can lead to a host of illnesses and can even result in death (even if from just one night of binge drinking). What are your thoughts?

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Not many folks (especially teenagers) think about the connection between alcohol and common food allergies. However, due to the ingredients used in the brewing process, many people may find themselves not only buzzed or drunk after a few drinks, but sick as well. If you have any of the following allergies, you should steer clear of alcohol and choose alcohol-free party drinks instead!

>> GLUTEN

>> GRAPES

>> YEAST

>> TREE NUTS

>> SULFUR DIOXIDE OR SULFITES

For more information about symptoms of allergic reactions to alcohol, check out this article!

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If there are any minors out there looking for one more reason to avoid alcohol completely, hopefully this one will play into your sense of self-esteem. For adults who can legally imbibe, hopefully you will reconsider the excessive holiday partying. Alcohol has been shown to cause weight gain due to the fact that the body often treats alcohol as a fat, along with several other factors. Consuming alcoholic drinks means consuming unnecessary calories that your body doesn’t need for optimum health. Here are a few more tidbits to to keep in mind when it comes to alcohol and weight gain:

>> Alcohol stimulates appetite

>> Alcohol alters normal digestion

>> Alcohol slows the metabolism

>> Increased alcohol consumption and holiday eating habits can increase the risk of unwanted weight gain

>> Mixed drinks carry even more calories and since mixed drinks are popular during the holidays, people might consume more than normal.

>> Alcohol consumption can sabotage your weight loss goals.

Sources: Alcohol and Weight Gain // Holiday Weight Gain from Alcohol // How Alcohol Causes Weight Gain

So, for adults looking to have a trim waistline or for teens looking for one more reason to avoid consuming alcohol as a minor, keep these facts in mind and make wise choices!

Have a happy, healthy, holiday season!