Are you modeling safe alcohol behaviors for your teens?

It can be easy to forget that our teens watch our behavior and learn how to behave as adults. We too often go about our daily lives as parents forgetting that every move we make is being scrutinized by our kids. Today, we want to remind you to take your place as a role model for the next generation seriously. One way you can do this is by modeling appropriate and safe behaviors around alcohol.

  • Do you often have an alcoholic drink and drive soon after?
  • Do you binge drink?
  • Do you allow your teens to drink alcohol in your own home?
  • Do you allow your teen to drink alcohol PERIOD?

All of these behaviors are harmful and send the wrong message for your teen. Instead, show them the following:

  • Drinking in moderation.
  • Always designating a sober driver for yourself if you’re traveling after imbibing.
  • Never allowing your teens to drink, even in the safety of your own home. Alcohol can damage the growing brain and lead to accidents and more.

Our teens learn from our behavior. They look to us for proper cues for healthy living. Be the best example that you can be. Keep lines of communication open between you and your child and be an approachable person for them to share their questions and concerns.

A great resource for talking to your teens about alcohol can be found at the Mayo Clinic website.

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Did you know that alcohol dehydrates you?

Yep. It’s true. Alcohol is a diuretic, which is a fancy way of saying that it causes your body to take fluids out of your blood via your kidneys and other parts of your renal system at a much faster rate than say, water or other liquids that do not have a diuretic effect.

If you drink too much alcohol at once, it can cause dehydration. If you are of legal drinking age, one way to combat this is through drinking water while you drink your alcohol. If you are underage, avoid alcohol at all costs!

Better yet, no matter your age, next time you’re craving alcohol, go for water, tea, or non-caloric soda instead! Your health (and your body) will thank you!

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Positive Vibes

The world is a scary place right now. Because of that, we wanted to overload your week with some positive vibes to get you through. Take these messages to heart and let the words sink into your soul. You’re doing great!

Are you a good role model for your kids? Your friends’ kids? What about your nieces and nephews? Are you showing how to live a good life free of the harmful effects of alcohol and other harmful drug abuse? Remember: they’re watching. Show them what a healthy, whole life looks like.


 

It can be tempting during this time of uncertainty and fear to turn to alcohol and other drugs to numb ourselves out. What’s happening in our world is scary, but rather than turning to harmful substances to “check out” for a while, focus up and stay strong. Your health is worth more than artificial ease.


Are you bogged down by negative self-talk? When you’re tempted to give in to your impulses to misuse alcohol and abuse other harmful drugs, remember: you’re worth investing in. Be kind to yourself by making wise choices for your future!

 


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Have you talked to your teen about drugs?

It can feel uncomfortable to talk with your teenager about tough topics like drug abuse and the effects it has on the adolescent mind and body. But it is of paramount importance that you talk with your teen and keep communication open with them about the harmful effects of alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, vaping, and other drugs. We wanted to share with you some of our favorite resources to help get the conversation started:

> The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a great resource page for parents.

> The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a great website dedicated to educating and assisting parents.

It’s never too late to have a good conversation with your teen about their health and future. We hope these resources are helpful to you in your attempt to educate yourself and your child.

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Educate yourself

How much do you know about common drugs? Did you know that anyone can become addicted? This week, we have a variety of informative videos to share with you that will help to educate you on the dangers of drug misuse.


Nearly 2 in 5 students in 12th grade said they vaped in the past year, raising concern for health and addiction. Don’t be a statistic. Stay educated on the dangers of vaping! https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/CLOq85Abzcw


Just how much do you know about the dangers of drug use? This video shatters myths about drugs commonly used by teenagers. https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/YlFDDB061i8


Why are drugs so hard to quit? https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/Xbk35VFpUPI


Anyone can become addicted to drugs. https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/wCMkW2ji2OE


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Weekly Round-Up

It’s almost the end of January, can you believe it? Finish out the month strong by recommitting to avoid alcohol and other drugs! This week, we wanted to encourage you with some helpful links and videos that might educate you about the dangers of certain drugs along. Check them out below!


 

Did you know that marijuana can become addictive? “Approximately 10% of people who use marijuana may develop marijuana use disorder, which can create problems with their health, school, friendships, family, or other conflicts in life.” #

Read more at: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/marijuana


 

“Teens’ alcohol us continues to drop. In 2019, rates of past-year alcohol use by students in 10th and 12th grades were at a 5-year low.” Are you part of this positive trend? If so, that’s amazing!

Read more at: https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/alcohol


How do cigarettes and tobacco affect the body? Check out this highly informative TED Talk! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y18Vz51Nkos


THE MORE YOU KNOW: This is what happens to your brain on opioids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDVV_M__CSI


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Instead of this, do that!

This week, we wanted to encourage you to fill the space left behind by avoiding drugs with positive, healthy activities! Instead of drinking away difficult emotions, go for a walk in nature to recharge your soul! Instead of mellowing out with marijuana, take a long hot bath. There are plenty of ways to calm yourself or sooth troubles that don’t rely on harmful drugs. You can do this!

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