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The revised National Liquor Policy was handed to cabinet as Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies outlined proposals to amned the Liquor Act.
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Abstinence from alcohol, drugs and sex is wisest until you are over 21
You don't have to drink to have a good time
Change your attitude!
If you do drink, drink a little and slowly
An occassional drink at home with you does not usually stop teens from binging when they are with friends, as binge drinking is the style of drinking that is usual amoungst teens now.
No drinking is the safest rule, and is being advocated Internationally now.
Get teens to become AlcoFreeTeens™, to save their brains being damaged by binge drinking.
BINGE OR HEAVY DRINKING = 5 UNITS within 2 hours! Blackouts should never happen! That is brain damage drinking!
THE BRAIN ONLY FINISHES DEVELOPING AT AGE 21. TEENAGERS WHO DRINK TOO MUCH (BINGE) MAY LOSE AS MUCH AS 10% OF THEIR BRAINPOWER - THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PASSING AND FAILING IN SCHOOL ………AND IN LIFE. Discover, Tapert, 2001.
"THE YOUNGER SOMEONE IS WHEN THEY BEGIN TO DRINK ALCOHOL, THE MORE LIKELY THAT THAT INDIVIDUAL WILL EVENTUALLYBECOME AN ALCOHOLIC. 40% OF DRINKERS WHO GOT STARTED BEFORE 15 WERE LATER CLASSIFIED AS ALCOHOL DEPENDENT." (I.E. STARTING DRINKING AT 15 COMPARED TO STARTING AT 18, GIVES ONE 4 X THE CHANCE OF BECOMING AN ALCOHOLIC!!) NIAAA, 2001.
1. Lie the person on their side in recovery position (on their back) so that if they vomit, they don’t choke on the vomit.
2. Check the pulse.
3. If breathing has stopped, do artificial resuscitation.
4. Do not try and make them vomit.
5. Do not pour water on them or put them in a shower/pool.
6. The only thing that takes alcohol out of the body is time.
7. Get an adult / parent to assist.
8. Get to hospital asap.
9. Call 10111- ambulances: Netcare 082 911 or ER 084 124
This is a rough guide - as each person can "hold " different amounts of alcohol - so death occurs with different amounts of units. Death can occur from as little as 8-10 units with a small sized/unpractised drinker.
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. The body shuts down slowly, or quickly if very strong alcohol is "down-downed."
The first system of the body to be affected is reasoning. Then speech becomes slurred. Then co-ordination is affected. Then the person becomes unconscious.
They then become comatose and unresponsive and are often are pale and pasty. The final system that shuts down is the respiratory system so the person stops breathing, and will die if not artificially resuscitated.
Brain death occurs after a few minutes of the brain being starved of oxygen.