Dumb Reasons To Start Drinking...

  1. Dumb reasons? You decide...

    Drinking makes you feel together even when you are totally out of control. That's why you're more likely to fall or have some other kind of accident when you are drunk.

    Drinking makes you feel cool when you're really acting like a jerk. Next time your friends get together to drink, stay sober and just WATCH. Chances are you will see how silly and idiotic they look.

    Drinking can make you lose your memory. It can be very embarrassing to have someone else tell you how funny you were last night, especially if you don't remember what you did or said.

    Drinking takes away inhibitions. You may get relaxed enough to do or say things you'll later regret. Sometimes this can result in an unwanted pregnancy or an STD or insulting a friend.

    Hangovers. If you really want to spend a day throwing up with a throbbing headache, here is your chance -- get really drunk.

    Drinking makes you feel "grown-up". What is so great about this? Very often adults are drinking to forget that they are adults, with all the responsibilities that they have. In other words, they are trying to feel like children again! Imitating childish adults shouldn't make you feel like an adult.

    Drinking to forget your problems. Trust me, your problems will still be there when you sober up, so what's the point?

    Drinking to be accepted by friends. You have heard it called "peer pressure". Friendships that are based on drinking don't last too long. These friendships fall apart for the same reason that drinking gets boring... it is just the same thing over and over again. Those are not true friends and those relationships have nowhere to go. When you build friendships around common interests, sports, or another activity, your relationships can grow. This is a much stronger basis for friendship than sharing a six-pack.

    Drinking because you're curious about alcohol. There really is no great mystery to it. After a while drinking will lose its thrill. That is why so many teenagers develop drinking problems. When drinking starts to lose its thrill they need more alcohol to enjoy themselves and they often lose their ability to find pleasure in other ways. Before long they have lost the chance to do well in school, lost their health, and the trust of friends and family.

    One last thing to keep in mind. Teenagers are the largest source of transplant organs in the United States. That means more teens die suddenly in accidents than any other members of the population. Why is that? Think about it.
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  2. 52 Comments

  3. by   kewlnurse
    Thats is pretty lame. We are all adults here, that is more suited to a group of teens. Maybe it is your intention, to use it in a setting of such, if so, fine, otherwise it's pretty condesending and has no place among adults who are capeable of making their own desicions about drinking.
  4. by   betts
    It's evident that you feel my thread is a personal attack on you,given that you're the only one too respond in the negative.
    As nurses and parents it is revelant.

    Have you ever treated any teens in an ER after an accident? Have you ever had to inform the parents that their son or daughter died from an accident or alcohol poisoning? Do you think it comforting to ask parents which organs they would like to have donated?

    Lame?!? I think not.
  5. by   kewlnurse
    I by no means take it as a personal attack, although i feel like I'm in high school sitting in the auditorium getting lectured. I am rally sick of the high and mighty who think acohol is to blame for a large majority of life's problems. It's a bs excuse for lack of proper parenting. As i have stated this s a lame post and has no business being here on a board of adults. And if you noticed, I am, thus far, the only one who has posted.
  6. by   betts
    I'm sure many others understand the reasoning behind this post and you do have the right too your opinion, but not necessarily of the other 'Adults' whom have read this post. This issue was only meant as a tool for those of us that aren't able to be everywhere our children are at all times and hopefully after reading it, they will appreciate the value of life and the possible consequences of their actions.

    I hope that you understand my reasons for this post and I'm not a bad parent but realize I'm unable too be with them when they go out.
    Last edit by betts on Feb 8, '02
  7. by   MarnnaRN
    Betts, personally, I enjoyed reading it. I HAVE taken care of teens and adults who have been in accidents and are now paraplegics or worse. I have kids, young yet, and I hope as they get older I have the courage to talk to them, about alcohol, drugs, sex, I read any tool I can get my hands on, thank you!!
  8. by   Cubby
    It's a BIG problem and all the education we can get is not enough,no matter what form it comes in!
  9. by   Future LPN Sheryl
    In response to Kewlnurse "It's a bs excuse for lack of proper parenting. " So, are you saying that every child who has developed a drinking problem, the parents are to blame? I think not!!! It's time we stop blaming the parents for everything a child does wrong. I have seen people turn out to be complete DOPES that have had wonderful parents.
  10. by   betts
    This link will be of great help as it covers most issues that adolescents and teens have.

    http://www.coolnurse.com/
  11. by   Agnus
    Betts,
    It's a great post. You have given us a good teaching tool. Thanks.
  12. by   Agnus
    Just did a quick cursory check of the cool nurse site. Fantastic. I've bookmarked it. Read quckly, down through the article on body peircing. It is well presented. Straight forward, factual doesn't lecture. Presents both sides in a helpful non bias way. Exactly the type of teaching that is effective, especialy with teens. Thank you again.
  13. by   amy_coolnurse
    Hi all,
    I just found this site via my site meter. Who am I? I am Amy, RN, MSN the writer and owner of Coolnurse.com I see that Betts forgot to mention that the post she posted was from my "Dumb Reasons to Drink" a list for TEENS and younger students. So, that's why it sounded like a lecture.

    I'm sorry if I sound a bit harsh that Betts didn't mention she got those words from my site. I just had a site in AU take 14 pages of Cool Nurse verbatim and even use the artwork that I had either paid for or created myself.

    So, that's it. I write for teens, not for adults. If some of you liked the site, then I'm glad. But at least tell people those were not your words. My best friend who died of ALS in July 2000 wrote that with me one day while we were gabbing online, so I guess I am a bit protective of my 350 pages.

    Thanks...
    Amy
  14. by   ohbet
    Why do people feel the need to drink any way?

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