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Teenagers and Alcohol

Alcohol is generally considered to be a socially acceptable drug, yet it is responsible for most drug-related deaths in the teenage population. Alcohol use also has a variety of serious health risks. It is difficult to prevent teenagers from experimenting with alcohol, but parents and carers can encourage sensible drinking habits. The safest level of…

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Planning Pregnancy

Three months prior to pregnancy (the preconception period) is the time to make life changes that can help boost fertility, reduce problems during pregnancy and assist in recovery from birth. If you and your partner are planning to conceive, start taking folic acid before you get pregnant. Folic acid helps to provide the best health…

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Dependence on Alcohol and Drugs

It is often difficult for people to recognize that they have become dependent on alcohol or other drugs. They may see it as a temporary situation because they are in physical pain or because they are dealing with a difficult situation such as grief, loss, anxiety or trauma. Some signs that you may have an alcohol…

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How to Celebrate Safely?

Over summer, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate: birthdays, parties, weddings and even just catching up at a barbecue with friends. Socializing is an important part of maintaining our mental health, helping us stay connected to family, friends and loved ones, but celebration can often come with the “social lubricant” alcohol, which is America’s…

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Safe Drinking

Drinking can be fun, but too much alcohol can lead to injury, accidents, serious embarrassment, and long-term health problems. Drinking can be part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you learn as much as you can about the effects of alcohol on the body. It is recommended healthy adults drink a max of 2…

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health

When someone first starts to use drugs, it is called substance abuse. We say someone is addicted to drugs when they have no control over whether they want to use the drug or not. That person feels that they HAVE to have that drug. Substance use disorders are a major cause of mental illness. People…

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Young People, Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

Many parents worry about whether their son or daughter is using illegal drugs and what they should do about it, but it is important to know that most harm to young people comes from using legal substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and medicines. More young people are involved in violence, are hospitalized or die from…

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Risky Behaviors

Testing the boundaries and trying new things occurs across all developmental stages from birth to old age. When it involves engaging in activities that have the potential to result in harm to oneself or others, it’s defined as risk taking. However, the potential for negative outcomes from their behavior, young people may not understand, particularly…

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How to Get Through Tough Times?

What can you do to get through tough times? There are lots of things you can do to deal with difficult circumstances and find solutions to your problems. Here are some practical tips on how to get through tough times: Recognize when you aren’t coping Sometimes men find it difficult to realize that they are…

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Social Skills

A social skill is any competence facilitating communication and interaction with others. Social rules and relations are communicated, created, and changed in nonverbal and verbal ways. The process of learning these skills is called socialization. Interpersonal skills to relate to one another are essential for socialization. Interpersonal skills are the interpersonal acts a person uses to interact with others, which…

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