Alcohol Awareness Month

by SKHC Editor on April 4, 2012

Alcohol Awareness Month, recognized every April, is celebrating its 26th anniversary.  Sponsored by NCADD, the 2012 theme is “Healthy Choices, Healthy Communities: Prevent Underage Drinking.”

Young people face many challenges; however the path they choose when it comes to alcohol and drugs can be life altering.  Here are ten tips to share with the young people in your life to prevent underage drinking:

1. It’s okay to say no.  Don’t worry about possible negative reactions from your friends.  Don’t let someone pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do.

2. Avoid peer pressure.  If you’re hanging around a group of kids who are known alcohol or drug users you may want to consider making some new friends.

3. Connect with trusted adults.  Whether it’s your parents, a teacher, aunt or uncle, take the time to share what’s going on in your life.  They may be more understanding than you think.

4. Get out there.  Take part in things you enjoy.  Sports, concerts, movies, reading, or get involved in community activities.  There’s too much going on in the world to be bored.

5. Keep yourself inline.  If your parents trust you chances are the more control you’ll have over your life.  Don’t let alcohol and drugs come between you and your family.

6. Know the facts.  If you knew that young people who started drinking alcohol before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence would you still do it?  Take the time to learn about the effects of alcohol and drugs and then share your knowledge.

7. Set a good example.  At the end of the day, your actions speak louder than your words.

8. Get yourself organized.  Know where you’re going, who’s going to be there, and just in case, someone you can call, day or night.

9. Take responsibility for yourself.  Don’t be afraid to speak up about what alcohol and drugs can affect your family, friends, and community.

10. Don’t be too proud.  If you, or someone you know, is abusing alcohol or drugs get help.


{ 1 comment }

My Childs Health April 5, 2012 at 7:35 am

This post is very important. We are in an era that alcohol is becoming so widespread with our teenagers and college students. It’s very important that the parents set a good example for their children so they will know how to react to peer pressure. Good post!

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