Category Archive: Alcohol Related

Aug 15

Healthy Alcohol Marketplace

Apathy About Alcohol Harm is Infecting the Nation! A top health authority has called excessive alcohol use “a largely unrecognized public health problem.” The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) noted that more than 15 percent of U.S. adults, or 33 million Americans, report binge drinking in the past 30 days. And, the percentage of adults …

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Aug 10

Where to go for help …

When problems show up around alcohol and/or other drug use – our own or someone elses – it isn’t easy to know where to turn.  The link below will take you to a document listing all the Regional Coordinating offices for Montcalm and immediately surrounding counties.  By contacting the regional office in your area, they …

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Jul 18

Automobile Safety – Don’t Drink and Drive

The following site was sent to us from a friend, Jessica, who has used our materials in her classroom.  In their research they found the site; www.cheapautoinsurance.com.  (Sponsored by multiple insurance companies.)   There is some very good information at this site plus great links to other sites such as the following for prevention.  Ad Council: Drunk …

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Jul 14

Friday Night Fires – Youth Leading the Way

This past spring we held a youth summit at a local campground.  From the Summit a number of local youth stepped forward to decide how to carry the Healthy Choices messages back to their local schools and church youth groups.  They have set up a series of three Friday Night Fires events.  These Friday Night …

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Jan 11

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY CHILD IS DOING DRUGS?

While it is difficult to distingish typical adolescent behavior from drug-induced behavior, parents should consdier possible drug use if they notice several of these changes in their child: 1. Changes in Physical Appearance – Lack of personal cleanliness, messy appearance Red eyes and frequent use of eye drops Runny nose, congestion, coughing Wearing dark glasses …

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Dec 26

“DRINK RESPONSIBLY” – But What Does That Mean?

You’ve likely heard the terms “drink in moderation” or “drink responsibly”, but seldom does anyone define what this means.  Based on research by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a guideline has been developed to define what “Drinking Responsibly” means.  The core of this guideline is 0-1-3.  In fact, the U.S. Air Force …

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Dec 23

Editorial on the Legal Drinking Age

Greenville Daily News 12/20/2011, Page A03  VOICES: Lower drinking age is no solution Michigan abandoned lower drinking age for a rea-son; keep it at 21 If respondents to a recent MLive poll had their way, Michigan’s drinking age would no longer be 21. When asked, “What is the best way to curb underage drink-ing?” in …

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Nov 23

THINK YOU KNOW … ? — PART TWO

The Montcalm Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking is working with local pizza vendors to shine light on some of the difficulties alcohol is contributing to in the lives of our children.  In part one of this post we talked about some local data related to youth behaviors.  In part two we will look at — …

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Nov 23

THINK YOU KNOW … ? — PART ONE

The Montcalm Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking is working with local pizza shops to spread the word about youth and alcohol problems.  Each pizza box that goes out the door will have a post-it type note with three questions.  The data is taken from Montcalm County 7th, 9th, and 11th grade youth responses to a health …

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Aug 24

Selling Tobacco to Minors – Picture Improves

In the Spring of 2011 Tobacco Free Montcalm worked with law enforcement agencies checking to see if stores would sell tobacco products to underage teens. 86.57% of our stores DID NOT SELL. CONGRATULATIONS! When the stores were first checked in 2001, 50% of the stores sold to minors. Since Spring of 2007 the sale rate to minors …

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