Women Should Take Alcohol Awareness Class

Men are like the Moon and women are like Venus. You know the story – men and women are different. The same is definitely true when it comes to alcohol and its effect on the human body. Alcohol affects women differently than it does men.

You know how your husband can drink a few beers and not even blink, whereas you're wearing the proverbial lampshade after only a glass and a half of wine?

A new study has underscored what we all know to be true: Alcohol affects women much more dramatically than it does men. According to researchers at University of Gothenburg in Sweden, long-term excessive drinking affects women neurologically more quickly in than it does men, influencing our judgment, self-control, and emotional regulation. Alcohol abuse may also lead to depression in women more quickly than in men, too.

Kind of makes you lose your thirst for cocktails tonight, doesn't it?

Findings like these often feel like a wakeup call for us women. We know anecdotally that many of us can't match guys drink for drink and still walk away from the table with the sensation in our legs intact. There are physiological reasons for that: Our bodies have less of the stomach-lining enzyme that helps us break down liquor. As a consequence, we reach the legal level of alcohol in the bloodstream after fewer drinks, which is why we really shouldn't get behind the wheel of a car after even one drink. (Our reflexes are significantly slowed after even a single cocktail or glass of wine.)

Interestingly, research has found that women tend to drink for different reasons than men do, too. Whereas men have reported drinking to enhance their mood, women often drink to cope with depression and anxiety. We also drink to gain confidence and lower our sexual inhibitions. How ironic, then, that this recent study suggests a link between alcohol and depression.

Because of these differences between the way men and women respond to alcohol, and their disparate reasons for drinking, experts are now beginning to conclude that it might be best to treat women and men differently for alcohol abuse. Women who are addicted to alcohol should be treated in ways that are tailored to their needs. There is nothing wrong with helping to identify your problem and learn more about alcohol abuse and its effect on women, so please if you are in doubt, take an alcohol awareness class.

Alcohol Awareness Class Prevents Holiday Binging

As we all know alcohol plays a prominent role during the holiday season for many people. Alcohol and drug use definitely has a tendency to increase during this season.

Not surprisingly, alcohol and drug centers say they are expecting an increase in the number of people turning to them for help over the festive period.

This Holds True for UK Too

Three of the biggest services in Wales - Cais in north Wales, Inroads in Cardiff and Swansea Drugs Project - all have staff on hand offering outreach and support services.

They say the situation is not helped by the current economic climate. But they pointed to relapses and alcohol as being the biggest issues.

There are three reasons why the season is so difficult. It's a time when people are expected to be enjoying themselves and that often means lots of drinking going on.

Regret and Failure

Trying to avoid that when it's the most damaging thing in the world is difficult when you are surrounded by it. Christmas for many people is also about families and relationships. This is denied to many people in our client group because they are separate from families or lose contact or maybe a family has been wrecked by substance misuse. The feeling of regret and failure is accentuated.

In the United Kingdom heroin is the main drug problem in the city but there has been a notable increase in alcohol use among all ages.

The project dealt with 30% more substance misuse cases over the last year, of which almost 70% was alcohol-related.

Entrenched and Problematic

The number of cases involving youngster’s under-18 had almost doubled in the last year to 101, and work on education in schools has quadrupled.

Ross Woodfield, young person substance misuse worker at Inroads, said youngsters' drug or alcohol use is usually "entrenched and problematic".

"If you are seeking a substance to escape whatever it is, then rather than heroin, cannabis or cocaine, the cheapest way to do it is to through alcohol," he said.

"It is socially acceptable and widely promoted. There needs a wake-up call to do something about it."

The UK government has introduced a ban on the sale of alcohol for less than cost or less than cost price, which will come into force in England and Wales in April 2012.

It is nice to see these centers working proactively, not just responding to a problem. They understand the need for drug awareness classes as well as the benefits for alcohol classes.

Online MIP Class Could Make Breathalyzer Issue Pointless

Would you be offended if your child’s principal gave him a breathalyzer test at a school function? Some of you may regardless of the situation. I know I would have an issue with it with my 2nd grader!

How about at high school functions? Here is a real-life story about this issue.

A high school principal in northern British Columbia has been asked to stop using a breathalyzer to test students in school for alcohol use.

A youth said that she and a friend were suspended from Fort St. James Secondary School last week after a blood alcohol screening test showed traces of alcohol.

Civil rights activists call the incident extraordinary and disturbing, but the Ministry of Education has no policy on the use of breathalyzers in public schools.

Egregious or Nor – What Are Your Thoughts?

Kecia Alexis, a student in Grade 11, said she and the other student were suspended after principal Ken Young confronted them when they arrived at school late after lunch.

Both agreed reluctantly to take the test after being threatened with suspension. Ms. Alexis, who said she hadn’t been drinking, said the device gave two “error” readings before she blew the lowest reading, a blood alcohol level of 0.01. (For drivers, the “warn” range for a blood alcohol level is 0.05 to 0.08, while a “fail” is over 0.08.)

Ms. Alexis said she argued with the findings, “but he said he doesn’t talk to students who are drunk. I said, ‘I’m not drunk.’”

She was given a three-day suspension. Despite high drop-out rates, Ms. Alexis returned this week determined to finish her schooling. She said she wants to be a teacher.

Tim Erickson said his daughter Janene was also suspended and has been ordered to take drug and alcohol counseling even though the result was inconclusive.

He said he is angry that the school sent his daughter home while he was at work, 90 minutes away.

In my opinion the school committed a major boner - for them to let a 16 year old go home, assuming she is under the influence, is unacceptable.

Personally, I am all for using the breathalyzer randomly at school events, and non-randomly for students who appear under the influence. However, this is a case where administration went haywire and acted as if it were under the influence. What do you think?

Another Teacher in Need of Alcohol Awareness Class

The storyline has become all too familiar – a teacher showing up in a drunken state ion class or going to a party where alcohol and students are present, or even worse hosting a party with booze. I could blog about one of these just about every week. The following story happened in perhaps the strictest state in the country with respect to tolerance for alcohol abuse – Utah.

How Smart is this?

Kylie Nichole Devey, 21, had been supplying alcohol and playing beer pong with students from Herriman High School during non-school hours from September to November. The alleged activity took place off-campus.

She is now a former Jordan School District teacher and assistant softball coach after she provided wine coolers and beer to a number of students. She was arrested on December 9th.

Devey was booked into the jail and released under pre-trial services supervision. Devey was charged Friday in 3rd District Court with five counts of knowingly furnishing alcohol to a minor, a class A misdemeanor.

Jordan School District spokesman Steven Dunham said Devey passed a background check when she was hired by the district in 2008 (at the age of 18). He did not know what job she had at that time, but it was not as a special education teacher.

The district website currently lists Devey as a special education teacher, but Dunham he did know her exact job duties at the time of the alleged illegal activity. She resigned on Nov. 21.

Is it a sign of the times or were these always happening? I never imagined my teachers would have the audacity to get involved in drinking with their students. 

Pregnant Moms Need Online Alcohol Drug Class

Recently, I blogged about the horrible withdrawal symptoms suffered by newborns of moms addicted to prescription medication.

The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth voted Thursday to create a committee to study whether stronger laws and policies should be adopted to deal with women who use illegal drugs while pregnant.

The commission's Office of Juvenile System Oversight recently reviewed 10 cases involving babies who were born testing positive, or whose mothers tested positive or self-reported illicit drug use at the time of the baby's birth, the commission was told.

“Eight of the 10 babies died of subsequent neglect or abuse on average within 6.5 months of their birth,” the group reported. “One baby was subsequently removed after birth due to intervention from outside sources and survived. One baby's sibling who was 17 months old subsequently died approximately six weeks after the baby's birth as a result of abuse.”

Howard Hendrick, director of the state Department of Human Services, pointed out the cases reviewed were not randomly selected from infants and mothers who tested positive, so the deaths could not be used to statistically gauge the amount of risk associated with allowing a mother to go home with her baby after illegal drugs have been detected.

“Howard, you've still got eight dead kids in a year,” responded Commission Chairman Bart Bouse.

“Does it take a pickup load of dead babies before we decide to act?” Bouse said earlier, quoting a remark he said came from a district attorney discussing another issue.

Hendrick said he agreed there was a problem.

Currently, physicians are granted discretion in deciding whether new mothers and their newborns should be tested for illegal drugs and state child welfare workers have discretion in determining whether an infant should be removed from a mother following a positive drug test. A DHS spokeswoman has said that the support system a drug-using mother has at home is one factor used in determining whether an infant should be removed.

Among issues the committee is expected to consider are:

  • Should Oklahoma pass legislation requiring mandatory drug testing of all newborns?
  • Should Oklahoma pass legislation requiring removal from maternal custody, at least temporarily, of a child who tests positive?
  • Should a positive drug test for a new mother be considered the same as the infant testing positive in determining whether the child should be removed?
  • Should improperly used prescription drugs be considered the same as illegal street drugs in determining whether an infant should be removed?
  • Should DHS change its policy to eliminate some of the discretion of child welfare workers in determining whether infants should be removed for positive drug tests?
  • Should Oklahoma amend legislation that allows criminal prosecution for exposing children to illegal drugs to include exposing a fetus to illegal drugs?
  • Should an infant who tests positive for alcohol or illegal drugs automatically be classified as deprived or a victim of child abuse?

Online Alcohol Class Could Save Hospital Visit

Is society in general getting control of alcoholism? Recent studies would show that alcohol consumption and addiction are at all-time highs and things are getting worse.

Alcohol-related hospital admissions for Greater Manchester have risen by 11% on last year and over 130% in eight years.

Michael Linnell of The Lifeline Project, which helps individuals and families deal with alcohol and drug abuse, described alcohol as the major problem affecting Manchester and the North West.

He said: “It is the drug that causes the most problems, by far, affecting all age groups from young to old and all classes.

“Although the use of alcohol has fallen by young people, those drinking seem to be drinking more and the big rise of alcohol harm has been seen in older people regardless of social class.”

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley blamed reckless Labor policies such as 24-drinking on the rise pointing to a serious problem with binge drinking and long-term excessive alcohol abuse in a minority of people.

The current British government looks to tackle the problem head-on, blaming previous parties for allowing the situation top get out of control.

Lansley said, “Unlike the last government, we have taken real action by imposing high taxes on super strength beers and ciders and banning below cost alcohol sales.”

Shadow public health minister, Diane Abbott, said the figures showed that alcohol admissions were spiraling out of control.

“The alarm bells should be ringing with the publication of these figures. It is clear that this government is rapidly pushing us towards a binge-drinking crisis,” Abbott said.

It would be nice to see politicians working toward curbing addiction issues, especially as it relates to alcohol – which is a legal drug. I would recommend anyone arrested for an alcohol-related offense be subject to an online alcohol class.

Middle Class Need Alcohol Awareness Class Too

There is not a class of society that does not suffer from alcoholism. From the richest to the poorest, to all those in between, alcoholism is a clear and present danger!

Older Vs. Younger

While older people claim to feel more in control when they have had a drink, they actually find it harder than young people to abstain from alcohol in social situations.

A study which examined the drinking habits of a group of people aged between 35 to 50, found that they caused less social disruption when they were drunk than the younger generation.

But they also felt it was harder to say no to their friends even when they did not want to drink.

A study conducted by the Medical Research Council, found that many middle-aged drinkers would invent excuses in an attempt to cut down on their intake.

Some middle-aged women admitted feeling so pressured into drink that they sometimes lied about dieting in order to avoid it.

In addition both sexes admitted driving to dinner parties in order to remain teetotal.

Scientists questioned 36 people aged 35 to 50 from eight friendship groups in Scotland and found that half were exceeding the recommended weekly limits of 21 units for men and 14 for women.

A large glass of wine equates to around three units of alcohol, while a pint of strong lager can contain as much as four units.

Six people were drinking harmful amounts, meaning more than 50 units for men or 35 for women, according to the study published in the Sociology of Health & Illness journal.

What Study Shows

This intriguing study illuminates what is often an invisible problem. While excessive drinking in young adults often leads to visible disruption in our towns and cities, older adults tend to drink behind closed doors where their behavior is hidden from society.”

When it comes to alcohol consumption, middle aged drinkers like to think they are ‘older and wiser’ than they were in their 20s. Initially, people in the focus groups stated they had moderated their drinking with age and singled out youthful binge drinking as a problem for society. However, as the discussions progressed, stories of recent heavy drinking contradicted these claims.

Adults find it harder to turn down drinks in social situations than younger people, reflecting that heavy drinking remains the norm in middle age, she added.

"The approaching festive season could make it especially hard to stay in control of alcohol consumption in social situations.”

Figures published earlier this year suggested that middle-class drinkers were at more risk of dying from alcohol as they got older than those in lower socio-economic groups, because they often fail to realize they are drinking to excess.

A study from the Office for National Statistics found that the highest earning members of society put themselves at greater risk in their old age because they were unable to quantify what constituted heavy drinking.

Deaths resulting directly from alcohol have doubled in England and Wales since the early 1990s from 3,415 in 1991 to 7,344 in 2008.

The figures dropped off slightly to 7,099 in 2009 but alcohol related conditions are still estimated to account for seven per cent of all hospital admissions.

In all, more alcohol awareness is needed. There are many in class and online alcohol classes available including 12 hour alcohol classes and 20 hour alcohol awareness classes.

Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided By Online Alcohol Class

Tragedies occur every day as a result of alcohol. Here is one such story. This is the story of a normal girl, who had a family who cherished her and friends who adored her. She did not drink and did not get in trouble. Have a box of tissues handy because this is very sad.

It all started after 10 pm on a Friday night. Amber Rice's class ended at 10PM and she was eager to meet her boyfriend for a late dinner.

She drove her Ford pickup to her apartment about three miles from The Art Institute of Tennessee near Nashville, where she was a graphic design student.

Rice graduated from Crockett County High School three months earlier and had completed seven weeks of college on that Friday, Aug. 27, 2010.

By noon the next day, she lay dead on the floor of her bedroom. She was 18.

Cause of death: Acute ethanol toxicity, more commonly known as alcohol poisoning.

Her blood alcohol level was 0.5 percent, more than six times the 0.08 percent level state law designates as being legally impaired. Rice died after she drank shots of 190-proof Everclear, a liquor that is 95 percent alcohol.

She became one of about 79,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States.

The news shocked family and friends, who said Rice did not drink in high school.

Fate?

Her boyfriend, Kevin Holland, was distraught because he had to work late and missed their date. Otherwise, he believes, Rice would still be alive.

Within 75 minutes, Rice drank at least six shots of Everclear and one shot of Jack Daniel's whiskey, according to the 19-year-old man who provided the liquor. That's equivalent to consuming the alcoholic content in about 16, 12-ounce beers.

Rice passed out about midnight, and the alcohol slowly shut down her central nervous system. At that level you stop breathing, your heart stops pumping. There is cardiovascular failure. Rice died alone sometime between 6 a.m. and noon the next day.

Rice made solid grades in high school, scored a 28 on the ACT exam and had numerous friends through band, auto shop and her days in Girl Scouts.

If you needed a piece of gum or candy, her purse was a dependable source. If your spirit needed a lift, she was always ready with a funny face or outlandish story.

She loved playing her flute, and liked listening to different kinds of music — rap, country, rock and roll.

Rice loved her dog, a gentle mix of beagle and Labrador retriever. She named him Dip Stick.

Rice could leap off her canopy bed, land on the floor and sing songs from "High School Musical" on her Karaoke machine. And she knew a thing or two about cake fights.

Again, these tragedies happen every day. This could have been avoided on so many levels, yet it happened and will continue to happen until people are made aware of the toxicity of alcohol.

Ivy League Student Needs Alcohol Drug Class

He made need an alcohol drug class, but that will only be part of the solution to the serious problem facing him. A student charged with selling marijuana as part of a prolific drug-dealing ring at Columbia University in New York will get a chance to wipe his record clean by spending at least a year living in a drug-abuse treatment center.

 

Christopher Coles is the only one of five students arrested in the case to get that opportunity, extended to more than 1,000 people statewide each year. The Columbia students are perhaps the most high-profile defendants to try to get the option, known as diversion to treatment, since 2009 changes in state law gave judges more latitude to use it.

The 21-year-old Coles, charged with selling as much as a pound of marijuana to an undercover officer, was in just that predicament. The political science and anthropology major from Maryland developed a $70-to-$100-a-day pot-smoking habit while in college and sought treatment for it on campus weeks before his arrest last December.

Meanwhile, Coles' parents took a stand against his drug use by cutting him off financially, so he sold the drugs to finance his habit.

But the city Special Narcotics Prosecutor's office said Coles' dealing was motivated by profit-seeking, not addiction. Coles is seen on video making businesslike, sober-seeming transactions with the undercover officer.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Ellen Coin, who oversees a special drug court, decided Coles was a fit for the diversion program, which may cost his family up to $3,000 a month. He's due to start treatment after a Dec. 20 court date. If he succeeds, the case would ultimately be dismissed; if he fails, he would face a sentence yet to be determined.

While diversion programs have existed in New York for years, a 2009 overhaul of the state's once notoriously stringent drug laws argued in part that addicted offenders would more likely be reformed by treatment than by prison.

I am all for reform rather than prison time. If this is the kid’s first offense, why not give him a chance at redemption. Although, as a recovering alcoholic and drug addict I find it virtually impossible to have a $70-100 per day pot habit.

Indian High Schoolers Need Online Alcohol Class

If you think alcohol consumption and binge drinking among adolescents is unique to the United States of America, think again. It seems like there is a new story or survey from all parts of the globe related to teen alcohol consumption. Here’s what is happening in India.

According to a recent survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), Mumbai is second to Delhi-NCR in terms of the number of adolescents, who drink alcohol, followed by Chandigarh and Hyderabad.

The survey, which predicts that alcohol consumption in India will cross 19,000 million liters by 2015 from the current level of 6,700 million liters, attributes the growth to an increase in adolescent drinking.

The survey states that nearly half of all Class 12 students in metropolitan cities have taken to drinking due to "high disposable incomes, lack of parental supervision, changing society norms and peer pressure."

While 32% of the teens surveyed said they drink when they are upset, 18% drink when they are alone, 15% do so when they are bored and 46% said they drink to "get high".

In June, the state government had raised the age for drinking alcohol from 21 to 25. But that hasn't proved to be a deterrent.

One class of 2012 student remarked, "Many of my friends drink once in two weeks. Everyone I know has at least tried it. Those who go out clubbing or partying more frequently end up drinking a lot more. Clubs and wine stores sell alcohol to anyone without asking for identification. There are some parents who do not mind when their children drink even at our age, but most remain unaware."

It has been proven that the earlier you start drinking the more likely you are to become addicted to booze. This is no surprise. It is also no surprise that teens want to drink alcohol. They drink to rebel, to suppress inhibitions and because their friends are doing it.

Perhaps India should require all adolescents to take an online alcohol class where they can learn first-hand what is going to happen to them if they drink booze and binge drink at a young age.