Help Your Kids by Getting Alcohol Awareness Education

This is a series of blogs at looking at the dangers of alcohol and how it adversely affects families and children.

In prior entries we looked at how mothers who drink can cause fetal alcohol syndrome, a preventable disease which damages the baby permanently. We learned how older children are also affected. They suffer from depression and anxiety disorders, can be obsessed with perfectionism and can struggle with relationships and school performance. As reported in

Let's look at more statistics for these children who are not getting the attention they need to get through school with proper support. Children of alcoholics (COAs) can struggle to connect with others and establish close relationships with teachers and classmates. COAs may have to repeat the academic year and some drop out of school all together.

Here are some alarming statistics - A recent survey by the US government showed that 30 percent of young women who didn’t complete high school had grown up in families with alcoholic parents. The same survey showed that only 20 percent of young men from alcoholic families went to college.

With all of the current problems facing our educational system today, it begs to ask, how big a role does alcohol play in the academic issues facing our nation today? Could alcoholism be the factor that is dragging down the average of our nation's test scores?

We will continue to look at how alcohol affects families and society in the next blog installment here at

Alcohol Classes Help Children of Alcoholics

As an individual whose life has been directly affected by the ravages of alcoholism, I am more than aware of the potential havoc booze can bring to a family. In previous blogs, we have looked at the effects of a mother's drinking during pregnancy but parents who abuse alcohol also has severe effects on normal children.

Children of alcoholic parents often have a cluster of symptoms including: low self-esteem, loneliness, guilt, feelings of helplessness, fears of abandonment, and chronic depression. These children's needs are often neglected and they struggle with trust and relationships. As reported in

The psychological wounds run deep for children of alcoholics (COAs). Some feel responsible for the chaos, lack of consistency, and on-going problems while others become "parents" and take care of the irresponsible adult who is drinking.

COAs experience high levels of tension and stress. Young children of alcoholics may have frequent nightmares, bed wetting, and crying spells. Some may not have friends and may be afraid to go to school.

Many grow up with limited skills and compromised abilities to navigate the world. They cling to relationships which can repeat unhealthy patterns.

Is getting drunk worth the risk of causing such emotional damage to your children? I would like to think that for their sake you would seek help rather than to subject them to such possible trauma.

Take a moment right now to assess your own situation, or perhaps the situation of a loved one. Is there a problem with alcohol? If so, I encourage you to seek help ASAP. If you prefer to maintain anonymity please take one of our online classes now.

Alcohol and Pregnancy: A Bad Combination

This is part of a series of blogs here at, looking at the harmful effects of alcohol. In previous entries, I provided frightening statistics regarding alcohol, disease and mortality. I encourage you to read them and think about the numbers.

Today we will continue to look at alcohol's effect on families. As reported in

Alcoholism is also known as a family disease. Many alcoholics have young, teenage, or grown-up children; they have spouses; they have siblings; they have parents and other relatives. Having an alcoholic in the family, disrupts family life and causes harmful effects on children which can last a lifetime.

It has been estimated that 76 million American adults have been exposed to alcoholism in the family. Alcoholism is responsible for more family problems than any other single cause. One of every four families has problems with alcohol.

Alcohol & Pregnancy

Another sad fact is that maternal alcoholism may affect the fetus before a child is born. For pregnant women, alcohol is delivered to all of the mother’s organs and tissues, including the placenta, where it easily crosses through the membrane which separates the maternal and fetal blood systems.

Did you know that when a pregnant woman drinks an alcoholic beverage, the concentration of alcohol in her unborn baby’s bloodstream is the same level as her own?

A pregnant woman who consumes alcohol during her pregnancy may give birth to a baby with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of the three top known causes of birth defects. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, about 5000 babies are born each year with severe damage caused by FAS; another 35,000 babies are born with more mild forms of FAS.

Is the taste of alcohol worth endangering the entire life of an unborn child? I hope not. Please take an online alcohol awareness class to learn more about the dangers of alcohol.

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Alcohol Destroys Lives: Protect Yours with a 12 Hour Alcohol Awareness Course

This is a series of blogs illustrating the potential hazardous effects of drinking alcohol. While I am not saying that if you drink alcohol you will shorten your life and perish prematurely but this series of blogs is to illustrate the real risks of alcohol use.

Many people have an indifferent attitude towards the excess consumption of alcohol, and are oblivious or in denial about the ill-effects it has on our bodies. As reported in

Alcohol is a problem across around the world. The newly-released Alcohol’s Burden of Disease in Australia, reports that alcohol is responsible for 15 deaths every day. That’s a 60% increase from a decade ago. In addition to this statistic, another 430 people are admitted to hospital for alcohol-related injuries or diseases every day. Globally nearly 7,000 people die per day due to an alcohol-related issue.

If you are surprised by these statistics, you’re not alone.

Alcohol use and abuse creates a dramatic increase in domestic violence, depression, deaths from trauma, obesity and many other ailments.

According to the most recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO), that while 8.2 million people died from cancer (globally) in 2012, 3.7 million of those deaths could have been avoided by “lifestyle changes," including limiting alcohol.

I know it is easier said than done when making lifestyle changes and cutting out alcohol, but I can tell you from personal experience because I had to do it. If I hadn't I would not be here right now. Please keep reading this series at

Is Alcohol Killing You or Someone you Care About?

This is a series of blogs looking at the lethal role that alcohol can play in your life. In the last blog we looked at some shocking statistics regarding the deadly effects of alcohol.

Did you know alcohol kills 2.5 million people per year and is responsible for 4% of all global deaths? Shocking, right? As reported in

The World Health Organization (WHO), says that most alcohol-related deaths are caused by injuries from drunk driving, cancer, liver cirrhosis, heart disease and stroke.

Did you know that alcohol is related increasing your likelihood of contracting at least 200 other diseases?

Be careful men. One amazing statistic is that more than 6% of all male deaths are related to alcohol, compared to just over 1% for females. In Russia, drinking is especially problematic with more than 20% of men dying from an alcohol-related illness!

Alcohol kills! The sad reality is that even with the knowledge, consumption and harmful effects of alcohol are increasing in developing countries. Africa and Asia, for example, have weaker regulations and less health services available. In these places, the trend is more drinking per capital while consumption in Europe and America is more stable.

It is sad when you understand the health related risks, to see the problem getting worse and not subsiding.

We will continue to address this issue in the next installment of the blog at

Take a 10 Hour Alcohol Awareness Course as a Family

In this blog we will continue to address the negative effects of alcohol on families and society. If you have not read the first 10 installments, I recommend going to the blog for review.

In previous entries we have looked at alcohol consumption during pregnancy, the adverse effects on both young and school-age children, and today we will continue to look at the effects of alcoholism on children of alcoholics (COAs). As reported in

Some COAs have such behavioral problems as lying, stealing, fighting, and truancy. These children live in extremely unstable home environments. They never know what to expect from an alcoholic parent. Because they are unable to predict their parent’s mood, they don’t know how to behave themselves.

Just like non-alcoholic spouses, COAs think they can stop their alcoholic parent from drinking by hiding liquor, or by pleasing the parent with good grades in school. They may tiptoe around the house while the alcoholic parent sleeps, hoping not to awaken the drunken person until enough time has passed for the alcoholic parent to “sober up”. Children of alcoholics feel guilty for their failure to save their parents from the effects of alcohol.

As I continuously harp - it is not worth ruining the lives of your children by being a drunk. How do I know? Because I have been there and done that. I can assure you, that if you decide, once and for all, to leave alcohol in your past, you and your family will be in a much better place.

Teens Need MIP Class More Than Ever!

This is the third in a series of blogs looking at the importance of minor in possession (MIP) classes for our nation's youth. In the prior blogs, we discovered that children, 10 and under, understand how dangerous alcohol and drugs are, and were committed not to use them. However, we also saw the record number of adolescents using alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. This is a  sad reality! 

To what do you attribute the use of alcohol and drugs among teens after those same kids vowed to never use them as children?

As rolls out its Michigan MIP class, I speak directly to those in East Lansing, Ann Arbor and Detroit. What are you personally doing to keep your children from trying drugs and alcohol?

These days it isn't enough for a parent just to be a good role model. The sad reality is that the internet and their peers have a great influence and so parents must be proactive. Clearly defined expectations and ongoing communication is critical. Staying involved with your teenagers and getting to know their friends, their choices, their likes and dislikes. Knowing how they spend their time online and which sites they frequent. What social media are they involved in?

Since the internet is interactive it is different than television. So, teenagers are growing up in a different world. The internet is also changing so rapidly that it can be challenging to keep up. Especially, if you are not computer savvy.

This is why I encourage all parents to enroll themselves and their children ages 10 and up in's Michigan MIP course. Here is a link. Take the course together and discuss the information.

16 Hour Alcohol Course A Must for Parents Who Drink

As a person whose childhood was affected by alcoholism and who became an alcoholic, I can attest that consuming alcohol can ruin your life. Alcoholism affects not only the person drinking, but everyone he comes in contact with, especially his family.

This is a series of blogs which look at how alcohol has a ripple effect. It not only affects the person who is drinking, but it has lasting effects on children and families. As reported in

Older children of alcoholics may show depressive symptoms, obsessive perfectionism, hoarding, keeping to themselves (isolation), or being excessively self-conscious. Studies show that children of alcoholics feel that they are different from other people (and often ashamed of their family situation) so they develop a poor self-image. Many teenage children of alcoholics develop phobias as a way of coping with the chronic stress and anxiety they have no control over.

To this list of possible traumas add the fact that children of alcoholics are a lot more likely to become alcoholics themselves. I don't know about you, but I do not know one alcoholic or drug-addicted parent who wishes their disease upon their children.

Children of alcoholics (COAs) have more trouble in school. In addition to the stressful environment at home that may prevent them from studying, their school performance can suffer from an inability to express themselves.

Do you know a child whose life is being adversely affected this way? Is their parent trying to seek help? What can you do about it? If you care about this person and this child, I suggest you stand up and say something. Have them read the blog here at and hopefully they will be encouraged to take a 16 hour alcohol awareness class to help themselves and their children. Keeping Michigan Youth Away From Booze is proud to present it's Minor In Possession class or MIP Class.

While the vast majority of those who sign up for's Michigan MIP class are court-ordered to do so, it is quite often a proactive parent or teacher, who are vital in getting a teenager to take our course.

Teens are using alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs in record numbers now. Marijuana use is rampant, so it is cleat that the anti-alcohol and anti-drug message is not getting across.

However, if you dive one level deeper, looking at youth under the age of 10, you realize that there is a very strong anti-alcohol and anti-drug message. As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes, I am a regular speaker at schools around the country. At a recent speech for third graders, I knew the message was coming through loud and clear when every student said that alcohol was bad for them and they were never going to drink. This bought be great joy.

The message is out there, but somewhere between middle school and high school, it gets lost and ignored. Why do you think that is? Your input is important to us.

If you would like more information on any of our classes, please contact us by clicking the link below.

24 Hour Alcohol Class Can Save Your Unborn Child

Has your family been negatively impacted by alcohol. The odds are pretty good you have. It has been estimated that 25% of all families have been affected by alcohol and alcohol-related incidents.

This is a series of blogs looking at alcohol and its disastrous effects on families. As reported in

Why an Expectant Mother Should Not Drink

Research has proven that alcohol consumption during pregnancy has a strong chance of affecting the fetus. Did you realize that a mother's blood-alcohol concentration is passed directly to the fetus?

In general, the more severe the mother’s drinking problem during pregnancy, the more severe the symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in infants. Babies born with FAS are shorter and underweight compared to normal babies. They have deformities of the brain and skull, and very characteristic facial features such as small eye openings; thin upper lips; long, flat faces; and a long groove in the middle of their upper lips. These children’s central nervous systems are also damaged.

Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome have difficulties in learning, attention span, judgment, memory, problem-solving, and frequently behavior problems. Children with FAS may also have problems with social skills. Their frustration easily turns to anger as they grow older. These children are hyperactive – unable to sit or stand still for a long time. They are often impulsive, poorly coordinated, and have impaired speech and hearing.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and its effects are permanent, often leading to lifelong problems with mental retardation.

Again, as I asked in a previous blog, is it really worth it to take a chance drinking during pregnancy? What are your thoughts? We will continue to look at the harmful effects on the body and family in the next blog entry.