Safety Tip # 3: Know Your Limit. We Are Not All EQUAL

We all know not only from biology class that women’s bodies are different from men’s.

First of all on average women way less than men. But that is not the only important difference.

Let’s take a closure look at the differences in metabolism of alcohol:

Females have less “alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme” in their stomachs, an enzyme your body needs to break down the alcohol you consume. Which is why women can only drink half of what a male can drink over the same amount of time. Leading to the conclusion that women face higher risks of alcohol poisoning while attempting to keep up with their male peers.

Your brain can only tolerate a certain amount of alcohol until it shuts off due to the toxic levels.  Literally, your brain is poisoned by the alcohol (which is why we call it alcohol poisoning) to the point that you are killing brain cells.  And it’s the ones you use that you lose.

Low-risk drinking limits defined by the NIAAA include women should have no more than 7 drinks per week and no more than 3 drinks on any single day.

Just like girls and guys are different in their metabolism of alcohol, certain ethnic groups are also different. 

People with Asian ancestry often have genetic differences in one of their metabolic enzymes for alcohol – alcohol dehydrogenase therefore will become intoxicated and “poisoned” by the build-up of an intermediary bi-product [acedaldehyde – a metabolite of alcohol] faster than Caucasians.  [http://www.wisegeek.org/do-people-of-asian-descent-have-difficulty-metabolizing-alcohol.htm].  This build-up of acetaldehyde leads to a “flushing” response then profuse vomiting.

For more information review this very informative fact sheet by the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/womensfact/womensfact.htm

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

Safety Tip #10: BE SMART – Beware of Prom Gaming

“It’s a chilly evening in May, and a 17-year-old Kensington girl in a long, silver gown lies on the sidewalk along Rockville Pike, sobbing. “I just want to go to my senior prom”, she wails. (Bethesda Magazine “Wasted Youth”)

For the last months YOU had been looking forward to that day, YOU picked out the perfect gown and your friends just LOVE IT. If that wouldn’t be already awesome enough, that really cute guy or girl, you have had a crush on for quiet a while had asked you for a date. It seemed like all your dreams were coming true.

It’s the day, YOU got all dressed up, the door bell rings…and there is your date, looking as stunning as you could only imagine, ready to pick you up. But before going to your senior prom YOU and your friends get together…and the pre party starts

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“Everyone loves games. No one thinks just sitting on the sofa drinking beer is fun.” Good point, but nevertheless it is also more dangerous. You can easily lose control of how much you drink by getting carried away in the game. Games always have rules, right? Meaning you get forced in to drinking because that’s what the rules demand. Personally I love playing beer pong. To me it is not only a fun but also a competitive game…but the fun is only guaranteed until people are too drunk to still score. It is the decision you make. When filling up the cups you could use nonalcoholic beverages instead or just use a little bit of alcohol to be able to still enjoy the rest of YOUR night and NOT end up on the side of the road crying. I for example made it clear that I am not going to drink every single cup, so I had friends to drink for me.

It is okay to say NO. Don’t give in to peer pressure.

We don’t want that special night to end for you in a disaster. There are a few things to keep in mind to have a fun night that YOU WILL REMEMBER. It is up to you to make the decision. BE SMART!