Safety Tip #5: Have Self-respect. Avoid Social Media Fights!

Who has not made fun of drunk pictures on Facebook or other social media after a night out partying. You simply have to web search “drunk” and you will find all kinds of images you might not like yourself to picture in. And remember once it is out there, the WHOLE WORLD has access to it.

Have you ever considered that if you apply for a job, the company is going to web search your name and look through every piece of information it is linked to? Do you really want last night’s drunk party pics to be one of them?

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On one of my class trips in high school, way before Facebook existed, I had a guy friend, who was certainly drunk, fall asleep on the doormat in front of our apartment door. When we confronted him with the story the next morning, he was so embarrassed. And even now, about 10 years later, his story is the first thing that came in my mind and although the picture is not out there on the web, it is going to be forever in my memory. Do you want to be in somebody’s memory like that?

HAVE SELF-RESPECT!

Recent published article by NY Daily News “Teenage Wasteland: Twitter account reveals drunk and naked antics of Long Island teens”

“Kids do stupid things. We’ve probably all done stupid things, now you’ve got social media to be able to publish to the world how dumb you are forever,” Peter Winick, a Port Washington parent, told CBS New York.

Extract of the article “Wasted Youth” by Gabriele McCormick

“The evidence remains long after the party is over, however. A 2012 Churchill graduate notes that Facebook is filled with pictures from Friday and Saturday night parties. One B-CC mother guessed her son’s Facebook password and discovered pictures of teens throwing up or passed out, with bottles “piled everywhere,” and partygoers whose parents have sworn their children don’t drink.”

What about the “danger of drunk texting”? Have you ever accidentally texted somebody else or looked at the text the next morning and you had a hard time figuring out what you were trying to say yourself? Yes, it might be funny at first, also regarding to the fact that some pages on the internet post “funny drunk texts” but it doesn’t go over so well if you accidentally text your parents, your teacher or even your boss, right? Just think about the consequences for a moment…is it worth it?

Safety Tip #6: Be self-aware. Beware of Black Outs Safety Tip #4: Be a Samaritan. Take care of friends

What does it mean when you “Black Out”?  Blacked out doesn’t mean passed out, although you eventually do.  It means you are walking around in “auto-pilot” – acting on instinct without an awareness of what’s going on around you.  The high amount of alcohol makes your brain poisoned (i.e., “alcohol poisoning”) and kills brain cells – the ones you use are the ones you lose.

BE SELF AWARE! KNOW YOUR LIMITS!

The article “Your Brain on Booze” addresses “What happens when we become too drunk, and how to help a friend who’s had one (or five) too many.”

In addition the article is giving us an idea of how to Be a Samaritan. Take care of friends – Safety Tip #4

WARNING SIGNS OF ALCOHOL TO ALERT YOU TO DANGER FOR A FRIEND (INTOXICATED/OVERDOSE): If you see someone who seems to be passed out or if they have urinated or defecated on themselves – immediately call 911.

  •        Try to wake them up, ask them questions.
  •        If they are not making sense when they talk, not answering your questions or seem unconscious, turn them on their side. They can die from choking      on their vomit.  Call 911.
  •        If they are awake and able to talk, give them water, help them sit up so they can throw up. Continue giving them water to drink, a cold cloth to clean their face with, and call their parents.
  •        Pupils are dilated, they have shallow breathing, and low pulse – immediately call 911.

If you have to submit a friend to the ER, you will NOT automatically be tested or questioned for alcohol or drug use as well!

Check out the resources provided by your College or Community to find more information on where to go if you or a friend of yours needs help. You will find an overview on ULifeline – Your Online Resource for College Mental Health 

Safety Tip #7: Catch 22 EtOH (til21) & Mj are illegal – 18 year olds Go to Jail not Juvie

 REMEMBER, despite of everything the use of alcohol (till 21) and drugs is illegal and followed by the law!
  • arrest records are permanent
  • citations can get you expelled from school
  • citations can affect your college career and therefore your entire life

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“According to Lynch [a Rockville lawyer], alcohol citations issued to 18- to 20-year-olds will appear during a Maryland Judiciary Case search. Citation records are sealed for those under 18, with disclosure tending to be self-reported. Employers, colleges and others can also find out about citations from “collateral sources,” Lynch says, including school counselors and social media.

In December 2011, 35 Whitman students were cited at an underage drinking party in Bethesda. When Whitman Principal Alan Goodwin learned some of their identities through word-of-mouth and from the students themselves, he suspended them from extracurricular activities. One mother’s response: “That can affect [an athletic team’s] entire season and color the way a college looks at an athlete.”

Lynch knows of other students who have suffered the consequences of receiving citations. One lost an IBM internship. Another student had his scholarship, but not admission, revoked by the University of Florida.” (http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Magazine/September-October-2012/Wasted-Youth/index.php?cparticle=1&siarticle=0#artanc)

Watch this police video on YouTube showing  a girl getting arrested for drunk driving. A police officer is giving her the field sobriety test.

18-year old drunk drivers go to JAIL not juvie…and that’s not it, the memories of the incident will stay forever

“Sean Mayhew used to think that, too. He was a popular athlete at Our Lady of Good Counsel and at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville before earning a full lacrosse scholarship to Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. At 18, life stretched before him like an endless ribbon of silken road.

During his first year at college, Mayhew returned to North Potomac over Thanksgiving break, spent time with his family, then drove to Olney to hang out with old friends. Just as they’d done in high school, they drank beer, followed by shots of hard liquor, followed by more beer. Over the course of eight hours, “I probably had 20 drinks,” Mayhew says.

He planned to stay overnight, but when three friends called needing a ride from Potomac, he didn’t hesitate to pick them up. “It’s the invincibility factor,” he says. “You drink and drive once, you make it through, and you don’t think anything’s ever going to happen to you.”

About 2 a.m. that late-November night in 2006, Mayhew careened down Seven Locks Road at 68 mph in his 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee, crossed the double yellow line and hit a Mitsubishi Lancer head on, instantly killing two 45-year-old women in an incident that would put him behind bars for nearly two years and haunt him ever after.

Five years later, Spencer Datt, 18, of Derwood, and Haeley McGuire, 18, and John Hoover, 20, both of Rockville, died in an underage drunk-driving accident along Route 108 in Olney. The drunken driver, 20-year-old Kevin Coffay of Rockville, received an initial 20-year sentence, later reduced to eight years.

Sean Mayhew once thought he had everything under control, too. But almost five years after being released from a Clarksburg detention facility with two vehicular manslaughter convictions on his record, he still hasn’t regained his driver’s license, complicating his ability to maintain a job and see friends.

Even so, Mayhew knows he’ll never be completely free. Almost every day something triggers a memory of the crash. “Every time I ask someone for a ride, it’s a reminder. Or else I’ll read a newspaper report of another drunk driving fatality,” he says, “or I’ll have another nightmare where I see the face of one of the women in the accident pressed up against the car window.”” (http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Magazine/September-October-2012/Wasted-Youth/index.php?cparticle=1&siarticle=0#artanc)

Safety Tip #8: Use Common Sense. Limo drivers are smart.

Limo drivers are smart – they participate in trainings, to keep YOU safe!

There is a Zero Tolerance for alcohol, tobacco and drugs with those Limousine companies trained.

The Keeping it SAFE:
Under Twenty-One Alcohol Prevention Coalition 

held a training for limousine companies covering Maryland alcohol and drug laws and consequences, indicators of alcohol and drug impairment, current teen trends, and best practices regarding the transportation of clients under the age of 21.

To view all limousine companies that participated in this years Keeping it SAFE Coalition Limousine Training, please click here.”

Look at the limo guidelines:

Parent Information Limousine Companies 03.2014

Don’t risk getting kicked out of the limousine ruining not only your own but also all your friends’ night, it’s very simple DON’T SMUGGLE ALCOHOL OR ANY OTHER DRUGS in to the vehicle!

You would like to be treated with respect – treat other’s with respect! Limousine companies are NOT childcare services – if you would like the privilege to attend Prom act in a way that you deserve it, BE SMART!

Safety Tip #9: Fashion Tip. Don’t Vomit on your Favorite Clothes

Yes you might or might have not seen your peers ending up laying in or being covered with their own vomit. Disgusting, right? Remember the last time you had thrown up and ask yourself: WAS IT FUN? DID IT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD? 

Vomiting can be caused by Alcohol Poisoning

What happens to your body when you get alcohol poisoning? It is common for someone who drank excessive alcohol to vomit since alcohol is an irritant to the stomach.

“Teens can drink to dangerous levels before they realize they should stop. This can result in alcohol poisoning, which occurs when high levels of alcohol affect a drinker’s breathing, heart rate and gag reflex, potentially leading to coma and death.

Many teens think alcohol poisoning is just another part of the party scene and say they’ve been to at least one social event at which someone was taken to the hospital. In May [2012], three ambulances were called to the B-CC prom for students with suspected alcohol poisoning, according to principal Lockard. “It was disturbing for me and students who witnessed their classmates in such a serious condition,” she says.” (http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Magazine/September-October-2012/Wasted-Youth/index.php?cparticle=1&siarticle=0#artanc)

Watch this YouTube video and decide for yourself whether YOU would like to end a night that way:

Consider, really drunk guys or girls are not really attractive at all, are they?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW4u4-ttgX4