Jan 212013

Are you ready for the Super Bowl? The Pats may be out but it should still be a great game.

Hosting a Super Bowl party?

Here are some great tips for responsible party hosting. Remember, providing alcohol to those under 21 is illegal – and can lead to fines and jail time.

Nonalcoholic drinks the whole family can enjoy.

We don’t endorse any products but if you’re looking for spicy food, there are some great recipes at Frank’s Red Hot site.

Watching the game with your family?

Research shows that the more youth are exposed to alcohol advertising, the more likely they are to drink, drink more often and drink to excess. When you watch ads for alcohol, take the time to talk to your kids about responsible behavior. Encourage them to think carefully about the ads they see and what the real messages of those ads are.

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth works to reduce children’s exposure to alcohol ads.

Some tips on creating a ‘game plan’ to talk with your kids.

Time to Talk will also help you make your own ‘talk kit.’

Super Bowl, Super Ads, Super Teachable Moment has more tips.

Oct 022012

StopBullying.gov is a website for adults and children, focused on stopping bullying wherever it happens.

Not everyone realizes that bullying is more than physical acts or threats; it can be verbal or happen online. Explore the site and learn more, like what kids can do when bullying happens.

It’s easy to feel hopeless when it comes to teen alcohol and other drug use. But the facts are that most kids are not using, and that you can make a difference.

  • Over half of Sullivan County high school students didn’t drink in the past month.
  • Newport’s binge drinking rate, once one of the the highest in the state, is now below the state average.
  • Families are the #1 reason teens choose not to drink. They don’t want to let their parents, grandparents or guardians down. When families send a strong message teens are
    • 59% less likely to drink
    • 67% less likely to binge drink
    • 71% less likely to use marijuana
    • 75% less likely to smoke

Our page is filled with resources that can help you talk to your kids, and help you and your family find help if you are faced with alcohol or other drug abuse.

Check out this video from Turning Points Network & Newport teens

You can make a difference!

The Sean Marsee Story

A powerful personal story about the cost of smokeless tobacco.

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