Posts Tagged ‘Alcohol Dangers’

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Posted: April 15, 2016 by cpmacartersville in alcohol awareness
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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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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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Funny Link that Rings with Truth

Posted: August 15, 2014 by cpmacartersville in Useful Information
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If you never use Google or Bing (or whatever search engine grabs you) to look up “alcohol” in their news section, you should. You might learn something about the dangers of alcohol. You would definitely find gems like this link:

>> Honest Alcohol Labels by The Huffington Post

Sure, the images they’ve created may be humorous, but they do give us something to think about. Do you really want to spend your entire night vomiting or consuming insane levels of sugar? Alcohol really does nothing for you expect damage your health and your mental facilities. Next time you’re out partying with friends, RETHINK THE DRINK! (And the consequences that come with drinking).

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Energy Drinks Plus Alcohol? BAD IDEA

Posted: December 2, 2013 by cpmacartersville in Teens
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I stumbled across this article this morning discussing the dangers of combining energy drinks and alcohol. The article discusses a study conducted by Megan Patrick of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and Jennifer Maggs of Penn State University. Some of their findings included:

–“…the use of energy drinks and alcohol together may lead to heavier drinking and more serious alcohol-related problems…” (Source)

It is already widely known that energy drinks by themselves pose serious health concerns such as increasing the heart’s contraction rates (source). Energy drinks can also cause insomnia, and increased risk of becoming addicted to other substances due to compulsive caffeine intake (source). Pair this with the averse affects of alcohol and you have a potentially disastrous cocktail.

So next time you’re looking for a good time, avoid energy drinks, alcohol, and CERTAINLY energy drinks + alcohol together. Make wise choices for your health and rethink the drink! Choose better options like water, tea, fruit juice, or even soda. There are plenty of ways to cut loose and have fun without compromising your health.

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Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. A recent PRNewswire article discussed the link between alcohol and violence against women and girls. Here are some shocking statistics from the article (quoted directly from source):

  • “In Cambodia 83% of beer sellers are exposed to unwanted sexual contact. In Australia 40% of cases of physical and/ or sexual assault of women are alcohol related.”

  • “In the UK, alcohol is involved in 88% of cases of domestic violence involving dual perpetration of violence and 55% of sole perpetrator cases. In Rwanda focus groups of rural women report alcohol to be the number one factor in domestic violence.”

  • “Across Africa and Asia, in countries like South Africa, India, Uganda, Vietnam and Zimbabwe it was found that ca. 65% of women experiencing Intimate partner violence report alcohol use by the perpetrator.”

  • “In Brazil 70% of the cases of Intimate partner violence are alcohol related. In the USA, mothers convicted of child abuse are three times more likely, and fathers convicted are ten times more likely to be alcoholics.”

  •             PRNewswire, Women and Girls Suffer Alcohol-Related Violence, 11.25.13

Help raise awareness of this connection by discussing these statistics with friends and family. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse (either alcohol related or otherwise), please contact your local law enforcement immediately. As well, here are some excellent resources for supporting movements that seek to liberate women and girls and who strive to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol:

>>http://www.iogt.org/

>>http://alcoholjustice.org/

>> http://www.fokuskvinner.no/en/Frontpage-EN/

Please, please, please read the entire article linked above. It is so, so important that we are aware of the problem that alcohol poses to the world and to families.

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