Back in my college days studying for Electronics Engineering I had a professor who had tremendous experience in the electronics repair business. He talked about a device that used to exist in tube televisions called a Tripler. It had the function of tripling the voltage needed for the tube to work. He told us that if you ever had the misforture of putting you hand on a tripler that it would be a mistake you would not soon forget and would be unlikely to repeat.
As addicts we can repeat our mistakes frequently even after much pain. One way that governments try to curb this is by producing anti drunk ads and drink driving prevention ads. These are hoped to give a visual aid to dissuade those who drink too much and/or drink and drive. We have put a selection of these in our Media Gallery section. Take a look at them. Some are really well done. If you have any links for other good ones, send them to us and we will put them up. Thanks for checking them out.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 16:09:42
By Saundra Young, Washington (CNN) -- Federal health officials are unveiling Thursday a $54 million national media campaign to get smokers to quit and prevent anyone else, especially children, from starting.The campaign, called "Tips From Former Smokers," is intended to educate Americans about the dangers of smoking through the stories and graphic pictures of ex-smokers who have suffered severe health consequences of tobacco use.The former smokers profiled have suffered ailments like stroke-related paralysis, limb amputation, lung removal and heart attack. One breathes through a stoma, a surgically created hole in the neck through which a person who has undergone larynx or voice box surgery can breathe. Check out print ad here.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 09:41:20
This article is reproduced from our sisters Wendys blog. Stop by and visit and leave some encouraging comments. Thx.
From AA daily reflections: "Experience has taught me that my alcoholic personality tends to be grandiose. While having seemingly good intentions, I can go off on tangents in pursuit of my "causes." My ego takes over and I lose sight of my primary purpose. I may even take credit for God's handiwork in my life. Such an overstated feeling of my own importance is dangerous to my sobriety..." Grandiose thinking is common among addicts and even more so for those of us who are dual-diagnosis, where grandiosity may be a symptom of our mental illness. How can the Bible help us to have a more accurate view of ourselves and our responsibilties?
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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:00:32
I am sure that by now you have had the chance to see the show MythBusters, where they take everyday myths and test them to see if they are real or totally busted. There are a lot of myths around alcohol as well. Below we list some of the myths and how they stand up to some scrutiny.
MYTH: Everyone drinks.
TRUTH: Not true. 69% of teens said they did not drink alcohol in the past month! If you choose not to drink, you're definitely not alone.
MYTH: Alcohol gives you energy.
TRUTH: This statement is false. Alcohol is a depressant, and can actually make you sleepy. It slows down your motor skills which control the way you think, speak, move and react.
MYTH: Beer before liquor, never been sicker - liquor before beer, you're in the clear.
TRUTH: This is an old urban legend used to explain why people get sick when they drink - but it's just not true. Your blood alcohol content (also known as BAC, the percentage of alcohol in your blood) is what determines how drunk you are. It doesn't matter what type of alcohol you chose to consume - a drink is a drink, and too much of any combination can make you sick.
MYTH: I can sober up quickly if I need to.
TRUTH: If you think that taking a shower, drinking 10 cups of coffee or eating a loaf of bread will help you sober up — think again. The only thing your body needs is time — depending on your weight, it takes about three hours to eliminate every two drinks from your body.
MYTH: Driving with someone who drank can be safe, because they drive extra carefully so they don't get pulled over.
TRUTH: Drinking and driving is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking and about 1,900 of these deaths are from motor vehicle crashes (NIAAA). In 2002, alcohol was involved in 41% of all fatal crashes (NIDA). A person might think he's in control, but alcohol slows down reaction time which makes driving a car one of the worst decisions one can make — even if he's had only a little bit to drink.
MYTH: Everyone who gets drunk acts the same.
TRUTH: Not true. There are lots of factors that affect the body's reactions to alcohol, including weight, age, gender, body chemistry, genetics, amount of food and alcohol consumed — the list can go on. The way one person reacts can be vastly different from how another person reacts. You can't predict how alcohol will affect you.
Thursday, March 08, 2012 - 13:38:32