2018 Prom Promise Pledges

The Prevention department  is in the process of presenting the Prom Promise to the local high schools.  Asking students to sign a pledge to behave responsibly before, during and after the Prom and committing to an alcohol and drug free prom night.  The students have been educated on the dangers associated with alcohol and drug use to help them make informed decisions and we are happy that so many have committed to have an alcohol and drug free prom.  Here a picture of one of the first schools that was able to do the Prom Promise Pledge, we look forward to posting more photos in the coming weeks.

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month…. Alcohol and Energy Drinks

Youth are so into the energy drinks, but drinking alcohol and energy drinks together is very risky. Because mixing the caffeine in the energy drink that speeds your body up and makes you wide awake and the alcohol which slows the body down, makes your body confused. Mixing the two can lead to what is called a “wide-awake drunkenness” where they don’t feel the full effect of the alcohol which can lead to drinking more alcohol and may lead to alcohol poisoning or death. The person may fall asleep or pass out and never wake up again. Did you know that even after you quit drinking your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level continues to rise in your body? It does, so even if a person passes out the alcohol content will continue to risk in their body to a possible deadly level.  Know the signs of overdose, help save a life.
Source: DDAP Brochure: Alcohol and Energy Drink Mixtures and NCADD.org
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Washington Opioid Overdose Coalition Meeting – Come join us!

The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 24th  Courthouse Square  Room 104   from 6:00 – 7:30.  No RSVP is necessary.  Come Join us!

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Alcohol Awareness Month…. Alcohol and Alcoholism

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this month we will posts facts you may not know about alcohol.   Alcoholism has little to do with the amount or what kind of alcohol one consumes but more the uncontrollable “need” for alcohol.  It’s a powerful craving a need as strong as the need for food or water.  So, when you hear someone say to an alcoholic “Just quit”, they can’t.  In fact, someone who is used to drinking large amounts should not just quit cold turkey.  It’s the only drug that you can die from the withdrawals.  Other drugs the person may want to die but with alcohol then can die from it.  With support and treatment, they may be able to stop drinking and reclaim their lives. Treatment is available, contact our office if you don’t have insurance to cover it and live in Washington County.  724-223-1181 or 1-800-247-8379
Source: NCADD.org and WDAC

 

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month… Alcohol and Medical Issues

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this month we will posts facts you may not know about alcohol.  Did you know that up to 40% of hospital beds are filled in the United States (except those being used by maternity and intensive care) are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption.  You may have heard a glass of wine is good for you and it does help raise the HDL cholesterol, reduces blood clots, and help prevent artery damage caused by bad LDL cholesterol.  However, that is in moderation of one glass (5 oz.) or less a day for women and 10 oz. or less a day for men. But non-alcohol wine, dark chocolate, grapes, peanut butter, blueberries and cranberries have the same source of Resveratrol that will do the same thing.  Studies also have shown it does nothing to help health benefits for those under the age of 40 and can do more damage if you drink more that those amounts on other days.  Over time excessive alcohol use can lead to numerous health conditions such as dementia, stroke, increased risk for cancer, liver disease to name a few.
Source: NCADD.org

 

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month…I only had one drink.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this month we will posts facts you may not know about alcohol.  You may have heard someone say…I only had one drink.  That may be true but not all drinks are the same and not all bartenders make the drinks the same. For example, a glass of wine (5 oz. size) can be equal to 1 to 2.75 standard drinks because of the alcohol content of the wine.  A Long Island Ice Tea is usually 16 oz. and considered to be one drink but is equal to 6 standard drinks because of the alcohol content.  Women’s bodies tend to process alcohol less efficiently than men.  Therefore, a woman may reach a higher blood alcohol content (BAC) faster than men but men remain intoxicated longer.   Of, course everyone is different and reacts differently to alcohol but on average it takes an hour to fully process a standard drink.  So, one Long Island Ice Tea would take 6 hours to be out of the persons system. But drinking two of them within an hour could lead to alcohol poisoning.
Source: DDAP and NCADD.org

 

 

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Prevention Department at Scouting for a Cure.

On April 7th, prevention specialists, Marissa Scullion and Ramona Cholak-Jenks, presented information on the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco at the Girl Scouts’ annual “Scout for a Cure” This event was taken place at the Washington Crown Center Mall. The event was meant to not only honor all cancer survivors, but to inform Girl Scout troops on how to prevent the disease by living healthy and active lifestyles.

 

 

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month – Alcoholism affects Kids Too.

When you think of alcohol we think of adults but children are affected by alcohol too, more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.   More than half adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking.  These kids miss having their parent’s full attention, involvement in activities and may see domestic violence due to the parent’s alcohol addiction.
Source: NCADD.org

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and this month we will posts facts you may not know about alcohol.   Alcohol is the most commonly abused addictive substance in the United States.  Approximately 17.6 million or one in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence.  88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use.  Not to mention the violence, crashes and crimes associated with alcohol abuse.

 

 

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Gambling Awareness Month…Do I have a Gambling Addiction and How do I get Help?

So how can you tell if you have a gambling addiction? Here is a few questions from the Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA for you to ask yourself.  If you answer yes to at least seven of these questions you may be a compulsive gambler and need to seek help for your gambling addiction. 

 

  • Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
  • Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
  • Did gambling affect your reputation?
  • Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
  • Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  • After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
  • After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
  • Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
  • Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
  • Have you ever sold anything to finance your gambling?
  • Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
  • Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
  • Did you ever gamble longer that you had planned?
  • Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
  • Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
  • Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
  • Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
  • Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
  • Have you ever considered self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

 

If you have answered yes to seven or more of the questions in the self-test or are concerned that you may have a gambling addiction and would like to get help there are many ways to do that. For those that seek help roughly 65% show significant improvement, problem gambling can be overcome, there are counselors available to help you. Here is the Gambling Helpline: 1-877-565-2112, for meetings contact Gambling Anonymous 1-412-281-7484, and there are counselors in the area for a listing go to: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/addiction/pa/washington?sid=1519329424.9251_23043&spec=254 .

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