Alcohol-Awareness

Talking to Your Children About Alcohol

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Drinking too  much alcohol increases people’s risk of health-related injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease and some types of cancer.

Drinking can often start at a young age (40 percent try it by 8th grade), and while talking to children and teens about the dangers of alcohol can be potentially awkward or uncomfortable, it’s a crucial conversation to have.    

It’s never too early to open lines of communication with your child, explaining the risks of alcohol use and expressing a consistent message that underage drinking is unacceptable and illegal.

Preventing underage drinking takes more than a single conversation. Being a good role model to your child helps them more than anything else.

For tips on what to say to your child, what you need to do with them, and resources on getting them help, you can download this guide.

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A Nice Christmas Drink

A hopefully amusing alcohol awareness film I just cobbled together in the last week. It’s very silly but it makes me laugh. x

Maybe it’s because I’ve never drank but I honestly still can’t comprehend the appeal of alcohol. 

Lemme get this straight… you want me to drink an expensive, highly addictive liquid with the foreknowledge that it will 1) mess with my brain by slowing down my inhibitory functions, 2) probably make me sick, 3) make me feel awful the next morning, 4) probably result in me doing stupid/embarrassing things, 5) make me more dangerous to myself and others, 6) mess up my health if I drink it enough, 7) give me less control over my body, and 8) get me arrested if I’m caught drinking it (since I’m underaged)?

I’m not kidding, I seriously cannot wrap my mind around why people do this for fun and encourage me to do it.

Teach Your Kids and Teens the Dangers of Underage Drinking

By Chris Kuhn, manager of programs at The Century Council

Back to School is an exciting time for both students and parents as they prepare for a new school year and new challenges both in and out of the classroom. It also serves as a great time to remind students about the importance of staying safe and making healthy lifestyle choices.

The Century Council’s Ask Listen Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program provides youth, ages 9-14, and their parents with information about the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

In a recent survey conducted for The Century Council, it was noted that parents are the leading influence in their kid’s decision not to drink. The survey demonstrates the importance of parents and educators starting conversations with youth early and often about the risks and consequences surrounding underage drinking.

The Ask, Listen, Learn program provides materials for parents and instructors on how to start and continue the conversation with young people. The program also offers youth the opportunity to play fun kids’ games, download printable activities, and read about Superstars like Olympian Steven Lopez, Soccer Hall of Famer Julie Foudy, and swimming champion Rebecca Soni.

According to the 2011 Monitoring the Future Study, nearly one third of 8th graders report they have tried alcohol once in their lifetime and 15 percent report they have been drunk. In a separate study, a majority (65 percent) of today’s youth who have consumed alcohol in the past year report family and friends as the leading source from which they get alcohol.

Make no mistake, tweens know what’s going on and they’re more than just a little curious about it. So before they’re presented with the opportunity, it’s critical to give them the information they need to make the right decision. Help support them by teaching them how to say “Yes” to a healthy lifestyle and “No” to underage drinking. Make sure that either as a parent, teacher, or caregiver, you get involved.

You can order free, single copies, of the Ask, Listen, Learn brochures for parents, educators and kids. If you’re interested in distributing the brochures at school or community events, you can also order these free publications in bulk quantities.

I GOT THE PARTY SMART EXPRESS JOB WOOOO

I get to ride around campus Friday and Saturday nights on a golf cart handing out water, snacks, and info on precautions to take if you plan to drink and other info on partying smart!

$9 an hour, 15 hours a week

And since it’s Friday and Saturday nights maybe I’ll have some extra time for a second job during the day!

April 19th, 2015

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      Last night, I had a nice, small get-together at my place. Of course, I spent most of the day cleaning to make sure that my apartment was presentable for when my guests came over. One of my roommates, Elora, helped me clean the entire apartment. Singing and dancing while finishing our chores was time well spent. Once the place was entirely spotless by the early evening, our other two roommates, Aimi and Abigail, came in completely trashed after an afternoon of drinking.

Now children, if you are going to drink, please do so responsibly. Your future roommates nor friends will HATE you if you make them clean up all of your vomit right after they finish cleaning everything. I am very disappointed in Abigail and Aimi. I told them that I planned to have this small “party” at the party tonight, and they still, disrespectfully, came back completely trashed. All I can say, I have learned that vomit doesn’t faze me in the way I thought it would have. Like a champ, I was able to clean everything and still have everyone over.

We enjoyed the Jolly Rancher vodka I made, as well as the Jell-o shots and the hot dogs. Since the party was BYOB, some people had beer. All of it went fairly well, though. It was a relaxed evening where we sat on the couch and watched Howl’s Moving Castle. I have to admit that it was one of the chillest nights of my life. Definitely was drunk, but a happy drunkeness.

Not to mention, a certain someone gave me a kiss on the cheek at the beginning of the evening. Yes, he may have been just greeting me. In Latin culture, a kiss on the cheek is quite common, but it didn’t stop the blush from forming on my cheeks. I hope he didn’t notice, but then again, I don’t really mind if he did. He is quite good-looking.

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Alcohol Awareness PSA - Binge Drinking (Alcohol Poisoning) Pass it around

i lost my dad about a week ago. he died from sorosis of the liver. people say that alcoholism isn’t a disease. that people can stop when they want to. believe me, my dad wanted to. but he couldn’t. it gets to a point where the person cannot stop. once you get to that point, it’s like there’s no going back. he drank since he was 17. so like around my age, and stopped drinking a few months before he passed away. you have no idea how hard this was not only on him, but also it was extremely hard on me and my mom. im 16 years old, and i watched the only person i knew as a dad slowly die in front of my eyes. the pain of knowing there was nothing i could do other than old his hand and be there for him. he was hospitalized for a month before being transferred to a different hospital, we stayed there for about 2 weeks, then the doctors told us the one thing nobody wants to hear. “i’m sorry but there’s nothing more we can do.”
and that was it. they sent him home to die. to have hospice come over every other day, and to have my mom and I take care of him. being a 16 year old you may think that taking care of my father would be too much, that im not old enough to do it, but you see my mom isn’t in great health either. she has a heart problem they have to do open heart surgery on her, her spine is deteriorating, she couldn’t bathe him herself, move him so he didn’t get bed sores, hold him up while she changed him, she couldn’t do that by herself. and he raised me. he’s my dad. it’s the LEAST i could do for my dad. it was like that for what seemed like forever but now that he’s gone i would give anything to have more days with him like that than have no more days with him. i remember when i would wake up to go say good morning to him, he would get the biggest smile on his face to see me walk in the room, and that was the best feeling in the world. that i made him that happy even when he was at his worst. but then slowly it got worse. he just slept and slept and slept. we tried to get him to wake up but we couldn’t, and that’s when we knew he wouldn’t make it much longer. my mom called john hopkins hospital and begged for them to do a live liver transplant, but they wouldn’t do it. God I was going to give him half of my liver just so I could have my dad in my life long enough to walk me down the aisle at my wedding when I was older. he’s my dad. he taught me so many life lessons, he was there for me, holding my hand when i was hospitalized for months, tickling me, playing dolls with me, building little houses and cabins and forts out of lincoln logs with me, playing with planes, walking the dogs, playing army with nerf guns in the back yard, he taught me how to ride a bike, he taught me how to paint well, he taught me how to grill, he tucked me in at night, and when i couldn’t sleep he would sit up at night with me and we would just talk about everything we would sit outside on the porch listening to chuck berry, blossom dearie(his favorite artists), the beatles, and so many other artists. he’s such an amazing person and he wasn’t always drinking so much, he really was a good guy. he passed away Easter morning. my mom was doing the dishes, i went to say good morning to her, then i walked in the living room to see my dad and sit with him, but his chest wasn’t moving. it was the worst moment of my life, my heart was in my throat, i felt like i was suffocating. it just really really really sucks that my dad isn’t here, but i know he’s watching over me from heaven. and he’s watching over my mom. he’s sitting up there watching his war movies and western movies in his favorite hawaiian shirt or his favorite camo shirt. and he’s watching over us.