Dumb Reasons To Start Drinking... - page 3

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  1. by   smg
    This is something that you should keep in mind. I don't think it was meant to personally attack anyone.
    Drinking is a problem with teenagers and I'm sure some of you guys are parents. You should remember this when your kids go out with their friends on a Friday night.
  2. by   betts
    It wasn't an 'Attack' on responsible adults but rather a tool as the site coolnurse.com is written by a nurse to assist parents with dealing with todays teens and with the problems they face from their peers.
    Last edit by betts on May 15, '02
  3. by   wrightgd

    I find your post to be perfectly fine. I don't consider it preachy at all. There's nothing condescending about stating the facts. I think most of us have at one time or another had more than we needed to drink. As you get older and more mature, it's easier to see the error of our ways. Unfortunately some don't get that chance to mature, because the decisions to over-indulge result in an early death. When you're between 16 and 25, you think you're 10 feet tall and bullet proof.

    To the comments, or implications about poor parenting as the blame for teen drinkers, I have to say that is the part that's lame. Sure there are cases of parents who don't do a good job with raising their kids, but it really gets me when anyone, teens, adults, men, women, black, white... ANYONE tries to blow off their own responsibility for the decisions they make. It's the single biggest problem in our society today. It's always someone elses fault that I turned out the way I did... Bull butter!!! We all are at least 50% responsible for who we are and what we do!! And the truth of the matter is that we are more like 99.999% responsible. So let's not blame the world, let's look in the mirror and face the facts.

    I take full responsibility for my opinion posted here!!
  4. by   boobaby42
    Children learn what they live.

    My son won't allow me to drink a beer, which was once a tradition at Christmas while cooking the turkey/ham. Well, Mr. DARE award dude (my 16 yr old son)convinced me otherwise.
    He won't even go to a party if a person in attendance smokes cigs. I hazard to say, he will never attend many parties while a teenager. And that is a blessing I don't deserve, but one I cherish.
    The child has become the parent. Or maybe I'm just dumb. heehee

    It was a good post.

    I like a beer every now and again, but I like to be a good example for my son, and my son is my idle. I do want to impress him.

    Nothing else matters. You know?
  5. by   mario_ragucci
    Thou shalt have no idols before thyself.
  6. by   boobaby42
    You should try stand up comedy! You make me chuckle!
    Have a great day!
  7. by   Mkue

    Keep on postin ! Teenage drinking is a real problem, at least in my area.

    It's sad, we've lost many teens in our rural area due to drinking and driving.

    this is a good time of year to talk about this problem, i.e. Prom/Graduation season. And I think it's important to start educating these kids in grade school and not wait until high school.

    I've talked to my 3 teens about drinking and alcoholism for many years now and will continue to do so. Will pass this on to other parents.

    Thanks again !

    marie angel2:
  8. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    I started drinking at the ripe old age of 13. I come from what you would call a "broken home" and that made a nice tidy little excuse for me to feel sorry for myself. In the parking lot after my little league allstar game we got some moron to buy us beer. I don't know where my life would have gone had I not started drinking. I do know that whatever I could have become will never be at all because I chose to delude myself with the image of someone who is "cool". I can look back on all of it and see times in my life when I had opportunities to go in different directions but never even tried. I wasted half (God willing) of my life trying to be "cool" or "social", living to party and seeing nothing else of value. What a very astute observation of mine. There certainly wasn't anything else of value in my life, I had made sure of that by the time I was seventeen and dropped out of highschool. I took the G.E.D later and got 86% without studying a bit. I never studied. That was the first sign that I was throwing someone away that I could have been........BLAH,BLAH,BLAH.....Right?
    Call it "Social drinking" if you wish or partying. The fact about alcohol that all of us would agree on is that it's a medication to cover up the pain of the real person you are. A way to be someone else for awhile. I was just someone else for about twenty years so I should know.

    I am an alcoholic. I guess that's the best way to put it. Whatever you think an alcoholic is,forget it unless you are one or live around one. I went to an AA meeting a couple of times after my first DWI but I couldn't stand it. I couldn't look into the faces of the people who I would become. You've never seen or felt such pain and heartache and darkness. Once I examined my life from that perspective I realized that all of what those people felt to different degrees was simple human pain, untreated with the usual amounts of medication. The expectation of beers after work,a party on friday night,a trip to the liquor store. They were on thier own without the comfort of the intoxicating security blanket. Exposed to all the world with nowhere to hide. They were like vampires in the sunlight,burning in torment from the pain of exposing themselvs to their own pitiful lives. Unlike vampires,they won't turn to dust and blow away unless they let the sunlight of the truth of life consume them.

    I did quit drinking. This allstar break it will be eleven years. I didn't do it entirely on my own though. My father took me to my first AA meeting when I was 26 but I didn't stop drinking until I was 29. I didn't just have good parents,I had GREAT parents. My dad to this day tells me how proud of me he is,although I don't think I've given him all that much to be proud of yet. My parents never abandoned me because they were divorced..............I did. I didn't join AA but I experienced it a few times. It took me years to accept that I was just as frail as any of them.............any of us, and started to face life and all the feelings that I never felt for very long that "miller time" seemed to cure for awhile.

    The sunlight didn't burn me to ashes but I wouldn't lie to you,it hurt. I went out with my freinds for awhile and sipped diet cokes to socialize but that just kept reminding me of who I used to be. I felt like I was watching a remake of my life for awhile and then I just slipped away into hopeful reality.

    I never got an "A" before in my life,in fact,it was hard just showing up to school for most of my life. I just recently went back to school. It's 4.0 through 22 credits so far. I have a career goal now but it would be much more if I hadn't pissed away my student loans and the advantages of being able to attend school full time.

    I never knew there was this person inside me because I was afraid to look.:kiss It's hard to MAKE someone to look there. They have to go want to see what they've been missing.
    If this statement makes someone look,if this thread makes someone look,then it is worth taking the time to make it.

  9. by   betts
    It takes a person of 'Strong Morals and Good Character',to admit to any problem,face it,and get their life back.

    I, NO!; WE appreciate when a client,patient,or resident is forthcoming about issues relating to there health; why is it we begin or try to find fault with other Caregivers when an issue such as 'Alcohol or Drugs' is mentioned? Are we not human? Admitting our faults or failures only strengthens us, we move on,and hopefully so do our Associates and Friends.

    Why shouldn't your Parents be proud? You accepted the responsibility for your actions and over-came a great adversary! Brad, hold your Head High as you've demonstrated a quality that's above reproach; INTEGRITY!

  10. by   James Huffman
    Originally posted by ohbet
    Why do people feel the need to drink any way?
    Why do people feel the need to drink?

    Maybe because they enjoy wine, beer, whiskey, or whatever.

    The bigger question is why anyone would feel the need to pose such a question. People have enjoyed alcoholic drinks for thousands of years. If someone doesn't enjoy alcoholic drinks, or feels some need to abstain, that's certainly a personal decision, but it's their loss.

    Jim Huffman, RN

  11. by   Fgr8Out
    Originally posted by James Huffman

    Why do people feel the need to drink?

    Maybe because they enjoy wine, beer, whiskey, or whatever.

    The bigger question is why anyone would feel the need to pose such a question. People have enjoyed alcoholic drinks for thousands of years. If someone doesn't enjoy alcoholic drinks, or feels some need to abstain, that's certainly a personal decision, but it's their loss.

    Jim Huffman, RN

    Jim, I agree with your statement right up until the words "it's their loss." Maybe, "thats their choice" would be more apropos??? Drinking is a personal choice, so long as it's done with the knowledge that overindulgence leads to a host of tragedies...and that moderation is key.
  12. by   James Huffman
    OK, I should be ashamed to pass this along, but a friend sent it, and I couldn't resist ...


    1. It's an incentive to show up.

    2. It leads to more honest communications.

    3. It reduces complaints about low pay.

    4. Employees tell management what they think, not what they want to hear.

    5. It encourages car pooling.

    6. Increase job satisfaction because if you have a bad job, you don't care.

    7. It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work.

    8. It makes fellow employees look better.

    9. It makes the cafeteria food taste better.

    10. Bosses are more likely to hand out raises when they are wasted.

    11. Salary negotiations are a lot more profitable.

    12. Employees work later since there's no longer a need to relax at the bar.

    13. It makes everyone more open with their ideas.

    14. Eliminates the need for employees to get drunk on their lunch break.

    15. Employees no longer need coffee to sober up.

    16. Sitting "Bare a**" on the copy machine will no longer be seen as gross.

    Your mileage may vary.

    Jim Huffman, RN

  13. by   betts
    There would be fewer arguments if we tried to determine what is right, instead of who is right..