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Binge Drinking

Mar 05

Alcohol and Anxiety

CHRONIC DRINKING REWIRES BRAIN AND INCREASES ANXIETY PROBLEMS  The link between alcoholism and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been well established by doctors for some time. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk for traumatic events like car accidents and domestic...

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Jul 27

1+1= 3?

Mixing Alcohol and Marijuana   Behind nicotine, alcohol and marijuana are the two most commonly used drugs in the United States. The popularity and availability of these drugs means that the chances that they will be used together are highly probable. At this point they are the most readily...

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Mar 08

Girl's Night Out CBC

This is a very good look at our current binge drinking culture. A must see for parents.  Although this shows College age kids, this practice starts in high school.

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Dec 11

Good Idea?

I have talked about this before but it is a topic that needs lots of attention. I had a conversation with a parent the other day that centered around their concern with their teen’s substance use (including alcohol) essentially they were going to see how things went as they had the “talk”...

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Nov 02

Where Does It Start

Drug and Alcohol Problems generally start young, usually when kids are in grade 8 or nine. The research clearly shows that most people who have substance problems started their alcohol or drug use before they were 17 and typically at 13 or 14. I had a grade 9 class this week with about 35 kids and...

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Nov 17

Dirty Laundry

Thank you to Rob Ford Watching Rob Ford has become a bit of a national pastime. We did the same thing a couple of years ago with Charlie Sheen and a few years ago with Ralph Kline. What we are doing is looking at addiction (substance use disorder if you prefer that term). Unfortunately many are...

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Dec 19

More on Alcohol

More on Alcohol I had 40 kids in one of my grade 11/12 “Drug Class” classes last week. We went through some info on alcohol and did an AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorder Inventory Test) with them. 19 kids’ scores indicated relatively low risk (although there is adequate research to indicate...

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Jun 24

Energy Drinks and Alcohol - a bad mix

Caffeine and Alcohol a bad mix Teens are very frequently mixing energy drinks like Red Bull with Alcohol and there are a number or premixed caffeine-alcohol drinks available. A researcher at the University of Victoria is calling out the dangers of consuming energy drinks and alcohol, a widespread...

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Jun 01

What are we thinking?

What are we thinking?? Here are a few things I have heard lately that make me ask the question "what are we thinking?". " I buy my kids alcohol so they don't have to try to get it from a stranger." "I buy my daughter's alcohol so I know how much she is drinking." " I'd rather my son would drink than...

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Nov 22

Most Girls Drink to Fit In

Alcohol is still the number 1 problem drug, because society has a high degree of acceptance for alcohol use we often don’t see it “as bad”. ‘Most girls drink to fit in’ By Ann Dowsett Johnston Sun Nov 20th. It’s tea time at Tim Horton’s,...

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