5 Tips for Keeping Your Parties Alcohol-Free

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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ALCOHOL IS A DEPRESSANT

brainfunctionMany underage drinkers consume alcohol under the belief that it will bring them to life and make parties and other social gatherings “more fun”. The truth is, however, that alcohol is not a stimulating drug. It is a depressant. It suppresses the function of the central nervous system and causes your mental and physical faculties to become impaired while you’re under the influence. This is why it is so dangerous to drink and drive or drink around strangers or other people you don’t really know.

Consuming alcohol won’t necessarily make you “depressed” emotionally, but if you are already struggling with low moods and depression, consuming alcohol will certainly make it worse instead of better.

Know your alcohol facts. #rethinkthedrink

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78% Percent of Rockmart High Students Make Wise Drinking Decisions!

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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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Agree or Disagree

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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10 Facts About Binge Drinking

binge drinkingToday on Rethink the Drink, we want to inform you about the dangerous effects of binge drinking. As you can see to the left, binge drinking is defined as having 4 or more drinks in one sitting (for women) and 5 or more drinks in one sitting (for men). Binge drinking is common among minors and adults alike. Many people unintentionally binge drink when they are “having a good time” and keep imbibing well past the level of health and safety. Below, you’ll find 10 facts about binge drinking. We hope that the next time you have the opportunity to drink, you’ll be wise and make a smarter choice. You can do it! Rethink the drink!

1) Binge drinking can lead to alcohol poisoning (a sometimes fatal health condition that results from drinking too much in a short time).

2) Binge drinking can lead to minor and major accidental injuries from falls, burns, vehicle crashes, and more. 

3) Binge drinking can lead to violence in social situations when people lose their inhibitions and get into altercations. 

4) Binge drinking can lead to unintended sexual consequences such as rape, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted disease. 

5) Frequent binge drinking can lead to liver disease, high blood pressure, strokes, and other health problems. 

6) Though anyone can fall into the trap of binge drinking, it is most common among young people aged 18-22. 

7) 35% of college students admit to binge drinking (according to a study conducted by University of Michigan). 

8) Binge drinking is not the same as alcohol dependence. Many people who engage in binge drinking do so “for fun”, but do not realize the dangerous consequences. 

9) Males are twice as likely to engage in binge drinking. 

10) Alcohol is the third leading cause of death in the 15-24 age group. 

As you can see from the facts listed above, you can see the disastrous consequences of binge drinking. Avoid these scary situations and protect yourself. Rethink the drink.

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Sources:

>> http://www.the-alcoholism-guide.org/binge-drinking-statistics.html

>> http://responsibility.org/binge-drinking/statistics

>> http://www.learn-about-alcoholism.com/binge-drinking-statistics.html

>> http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/binge-drinking.htm

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5 Scary Alcohol Facts

Aalcoholchangesyoulcohol can be a deceptively dangerous drug. Because it is legal to drink at 21 in the U.S., and alcohol is so easily purchased, teens and adults can swiftly become addicted to it. Alcohol dependence can come with some very unpleasant side effects and consequences. Today on the blog, we’re sharing 5 of the scariest alcohol facts.

1) Alcohol poisoning — an overdose on alcohol in a very short period of time — can kill you even if you do receive immediate medical attention.

2) It is extremely difficult to overcome alcoholism once it is developed. However with professional help and support from wise friends, it is achievable.

3) Prolonged alcohol use can lead to the development of a host of mental and physical illnesses including cancer, depression, and liver disease.

4) Drinking while pregnant can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome.

5) Alcohol abuse can lead to violent behavior and can result in rape, murder, and other horrific acts.

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JOIN OUR TEXT-BACK CAMPAIGN!

If you’re a teen, show your pledge to rethink the drink. Choose not to be an underage drinker! Show your pledge by joining our text back campaign!

TEENS: TEXT “PLEDGE” TO 25399 TO SHOW YOUR PLEDGE AND RECEIVE MONTHLY MESSAGES ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ALCOHOL!

PARENTS: TEXT ” PREVENT” to 25399 TO SHOW YOUR PLEDGE AND RECEIVE MONTHLY MESSAGES ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ALCOHOL!

We typically only send out 1 text a month. Help us show a positive light to students out there that the majority of their friends are NOT drinking!

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