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Facts about alcohol

 

Alcohol and alcohol policies  often spark lengthy conversations.

Opinions and feelings are plentiful, and often feelings take over facts.

Behind this link you will find reliable and unbiased research about alcohol and lowering the risks of alcohol.

- http://www.who.int/topics/alcohol_drinking/en/

 

How can I help someone whose alcohol use is concerning

 

Alcohol problems are common in Finland.

 

It’s been estimated that almost 1,7 million Finns have at least one person in their social circle with an alcohol problem.

 

The sooner you seek help for an alcohol problem, the easier recovery will be

A person of age cannot be forced to seek help for an alcohol problem. However you can help your loved ones by finding out where to get help and by helping them to get treatment.

More help behind this link: http://www.paihdelinkki.fi/mista-apua/tietoa-paihdehoidosta

 

An alcohol problem stresses people close to you as well. You can find help for yourself from A-clinics or support groups like Al-anon.

 

http://www.al-anon.fi/

How to build a healthier alcohol culture inFinland

 

 

Changing alcohol culture is possible, when we commit toward it together and on multiple levels.

 

Everyone can do something to better the situation but no one can do everything on their own.

 

Check which of the following groups you belong in and see how you can help in the change.

 

-Adults

         1.Use alcohol in a truly responsible way, that doesn’t harm yourself or                 others.

 

  1. Don’t encourage others to drink.

 

  1. Acknowledge that responsible alcohol policies are not a prohibition movement rather a movement based on research and results to decrease the harms of alcohol and to protect children and adolescents.

 

 

-Parents

  1. Support your child’s sobriety by your own actions.

 

  1.      Use alcohol in a truly responsible way

 

– Policymakers  

     1.Make decisions based on researched facts with which we can effectively           decrease harms caused by alcohol.

How should an adult use alcohol?

When consuming alcohol less is better.

 

Alcohol is an addicting  carcinogen ( substance that causes cancer).

It’s also good to remember that alcohol often also causes harm to people around the drinker.

For example  drunk drivers cause about a hundred deaths and 1000 injuries in Finland.

Alcohol is a substance everyone should be careful with.

 

There are two good ways to use alcohol for an adult.

 

 

  • True moderation

 

 

  • A couple of glasses wine/beer/drink at a time
  • No drinking with intent of intoxication
  • Alcohol’s risks remain small for yourself and others

 

  •   Sobriety

 

      

  •  A good choice for anyone
  •  No alcohol related risks

Under age people should not use alcohol at all and parents should do their best to make it easy for an adolescent to choose sobriety.

Common questions:

 

What is the safest way to use alcohol.

 

A completely safe way does not exist. Alcohol is in the same cancer risk class as asbestos and tobacco.

 

For your health the best option is not to drink at all.

 

Alcohol is related to around 60 different diseases and ailments and almost all of their risks grow the more you drink.

 

That is why less alcohol is better.

Do adolescents handle alcohol better than adults.

 

The answer is no because our brains develop as long as 25 years and that is why alcohol is especially harmful to young people.

Alcohol use that has started when young foreshadows alcohol problems later in life

Isn’t red wine good for your health?

Studies have shown that moderate consumption of red wine lowers risk of cardiovascular diseases and type-2 diabetes but only in people middle age and older. The risks are however greater than the benefits. This age group gets better and risk free health benefits from exercise and a healthy diet.

I use alcohol moderately, are there any downsides

 

Even moderate users notice health benefits when they cut down on drinking or stop altogether. Their quality of sleep increases and they feel more refreshed in the morning.

(Source: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/alcohol-use/data-and-statistics/q-and-a-how-can-i-drink-alcohol-safely)

Knowledge and support for guardians

 

There has been a positive change in the sobriety of young people. Still too many people start drinking before they are of age.

 

What moms, dads and other adults should do to support the sobriety of young people

 

 

 

  • Acknowledge that under age drinking is always a risk.

 

 

 

Even though an adult can use alcohol in a way that has no notable risks to themselves or others, this does not apply to people not of age. In addition to accidents and other acute harms drinkin that has started when under age can lead to different mental, emotional and learning disorders. Starting to drink while underage also adds to the risk of alcohol addiction.

 

 

  • Set clear boundaries and stand by them

 

 

 

 

  • Observe their money use

 

 

 

 

  • Accept different feelings

 

 

 

Different feelings are a part of growth and life. Learn to listen and show your own feelings to your child as well.

 

 

 

  • Be a good role model

 

 

 

Be a good role model for your child about alcohol use. Nobody wants to see their own parents drunk. It’s great if you can show your child that alcohol is not an automatic inclusion in any situation. You can enjoy everything just as well while sober.

 

 

 

  • Help your child develop self confidence

 

 

Help them by appreciating, respecting and encouraging them.

 

 

 

  • Support them with hobbies.

 

 

 

Make sure that the hobby is intoxicant free in its activities.

 

 

 

  • Encouraging pays off!

 

 

 

A promise to help with for example acquiring a driver’s license is a great incentive for sobriety. It is also a good reason to tell your friends why alcohol is not your thing.

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