Great Website with Alcohol Abuse Prevention Resources!

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I stumbled across an excellent website dedicated to hosting links to help those who are interested in alcohol abuse prevention, recovery, and alcohol facts. Check it out and share the links with your friends and loved ones!


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Hey, Adults! Don’t Buy Alcohol for Minors!


I always cringe when I hear a story about parents or other adults buying alcohol for minors. Really? REALLY? Stories like this are enough to make you shake your head and scowl. There were some very poignant quotes in this article that hit at the heart of adults buying alcohol for underage people:

“You might get them started on the road to alcoholism,” said Clovis police Sgt. Brett Hershberger. “You’re furnishing them alcohol. They could get drunk and then end up getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and killing somebody, and we don’t want that; that’s what we want to prevent.” (source)

That is exactly the problem. Many adults buy alcohol for minors thinking that the law is “stupid” or “too harsh”, but they rarely think of the consequences of their actions. By purchasing alcohol for a teen, you could be indirectly causing a future addiction or the death of someone. Think about that the next time a teenager outside a package store asks you to buy beer for them. For more thoughts about adult responsibility when it comes to preventing underage alcohol abuse, check out our Pinteres boards [FOR PARENTS] and [ADULT RESPONSIBILITY].

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10 Ways to Have a Safe, Fun Halloween Season!

IMG_3614 It’s that time of year. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Teens are beginning to get into the routine of the school year. Autumn is here. This is the time for carving pumpkins and joining friends in hayrides. Corn Maze visits and cider drinking. Mugs of hot coffee and crisp cool air. It’s also a time when many teens engage in unsafe behavior–primarily underage drinking. Farm parties, Halloween parties, and other social events are often populated with beverages that have no business being in any teen’s hands. So, what can you do to prepare for a safe, fun Halloween and fall season without compromising your decision to protect yourself and your body?

1. Avoid parties where you know folks will be drinking.

2. Tell your parents where you will be going and who you will be hanging out with.

3. Make sure you have your phone with you at all times when you are heading out to a social gathering.

4. Host your own fall and Halloween parties with fun, alcohol-free beverages, tasty treats, and great games!

5. Be a great older brother or sister and take your younger siblings Trick-or-Treating!

6. Round up some of your friends and have a pumpkin carving night! Go pick out your pumpkins at a local farm and get together with some fun music, sodas, and Halloween candy and make a night of it!

7. If you go to a party and things get rowdy or you see folks drinking, make the wise choice and LEAVE.

8. Visit a haunted house with some friends and decompress after all the frights with a frozen yogurt trip!

9. Have a costume party with your friends and have a contest for the best costume! Serve delicious alcohol-free beverages and snacks.

10. Make the choice to rethink the drink and keep your body unpolluted and protected. You are a wise, intelligent individual. You know that drinking is a poor decision for your health and your well-being. Be above it.

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Reasons To Avoid Alcohol // resources and helpful links

I hope that you had a happy, safe, and terrific weekend! I hope, too, that you held strong to your pledge to Rethink the Drink! Today on the blog, we’ve got some great resources about reasons to avoid alcohol. Some of these resources are links to other web pages with more information and some are documents that you can save and keep to share with others. Take these resources and educate yourself and others about the dangers of alcohol abuse!

>> Girl Talk: Girls and Drinking — Why NOT to Drink

>> WebMD: Teens and Alcohol

>> Teen Advice: 10 Reasons Not to Drink

>> Parents are Important: 5 Reasons Why Teens Should Not Drink Alcohol

>> Keeping Teens Alcohol Free

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Powerful Drug Abuse Awareness Slideshows

I was wandering around the interwebs today and I discovered two really powerful slideshows on the dangers of alcohol and other drug abuse! Check them out. Share them with your friends. Educate yourself on the effects that drugs can have on your body, your relationships, and your future!

>>’s Slideshow on the Effects of Alcohol Abuse

>> Mug Shots Reveal Toll of Drug Abuse

Make safe choices this weekend! Find ways to have fun without resorting to alcohol and drug abuse! Don’t end up like the images above!!


MADD: A Great Resource for Prevention

MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, is an incredible resource for those interested in the prevention of alcohol abuse. Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, MADD works tirelessly to protect families from drunk drivers and underage drinking (source). If you’re looking for a non-profit organization to support or contribute to, this is definitely one to consider. Here are some direct links to great resources on MADD’s main site:

>> About MADD

>> Victims’ Stories

>> Get Involved

>> Donate

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

Bartow+Ad+3.792x5_1colorMost underage drinkers and even adult drinkers often indulge for social reasons. Alcohol can lower your inhibitions and make you feel good, free, and buzzed. But what many adult and most underage drinkers don’t understand is how easy it is to abuse alcohol. Because alcohol lowers your inhibitions, it can be terribly easy to have one too many drinks far too often–especially if you don’t have the accountability that maturity and wise friends can give you. If you’re at a party drinking with other teenagers, chances are, you’re not very concerned about limiting yourself to one drink– as a more moderation-conscientious adult might do.

But what is that second, third, fourth, fifth drink doing to your body? If you’re indulging in alcoholic drinks as a teen or indulging in too many drinks as an adult, you could be heading towards alcohol abuse–the first BAD roadblock on the way to alcoholism. What is alcohol abuse?

“Alcohol abuse is defined as a pattern of drinking that can affect social and emotional responsibilities and even result in legal problems. When a person abuses alcohol, his or her drinking habits can harm his or her health or cause injury to the abuser or others.” From Lakeview Health Systems

PARENTS and FRIENDS: What are some signs of alcohol or drug abuse to look for in your children, friends,  or fellow teens:

>> The odor of alcohol can be found on their breath

>> Frequent changes in mood or attitude that may coincide with avoidance and hiding behaviors

>> Loss of interest in previous activities

>> Developmental difficulties arise

>> They seem depressed and secretive

>> Alcohol disappears from their home

>> An increase in party behavior

Isolated signs may not be an indication of alcohol abuse, but if many of these signs are seen together, try talking with your child or friend about their activities. Be open to what they have to say, but firm about the fact that abusing alcohol to cope with emotions or to fit into a social group can seriously harm their health, result in death, or ruin their emotional well-being. Most teens are aware of the dangers that alcohol can bring, but be sure to remind them of these risks.

What can parents do to help their child avoid alcohol abuse?

>> Be aware of where your teens are hanging out

>> Meet your teen’s friends and only allow them to associate with those whom you feel comfortable with and who are a good influence

>> Set curfews and limits on their independent activity

>> Know the parents of your teen’s friends

>> Encourage your teen to make independent, wise choices for their health and well-being

>> Have your child text you periodically if they are away from home for an extended period of time to check in with you.

Helpful resources on this subject: Dangers to Your Health: Alcohol Abuse // Kids and Alcohol // Stop Underage Drinking