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Summer good time to talk to kids about alcohol

Children have more free time during the summer. Learn about the benefits of having crucial conversations with children about alcohol use.

June 9, 2021

From The Blog

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What effect does alcohol have on your health — and your liver?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, national alcohol sales have increased more than 50%. Learn about the serious effects alcohol has on your well-being and body.

Omar Mousa MBBS By Omar Mousa September 3, 2021
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Recognizing, addressing loved ones' alcohol use

Alcohol is the most used substance for youth and adults. During Alcohol Awareness Month, learn the signs that alcohol is an issue with loved ones, and get tips for providing support for recovery.

Tyler Oesterle MD By Tyler Oesterle April 22, 2021
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Have you talked to your children about alcohol use?

Caring adults in children's lives have the power of influence. Get tips to help you talk with your children about the dangers of alcohol — it could save a life.

Tyler Oesterle MD By Tyler Oesterle April 15, 2021
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Managing substance abuse disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has interrupted daily routines and caused many people to feel uncertain, stressed or isolated. While this is a difficult time for many, it can be especially challenging for those with underlying substance use disorder. Learn why, and get coping strategies.

Tyler Oesterle MD By Tyler Oesterle May 6, 2020
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Finding happiness, gratitude in sobriety

Addiction changes the brain in a way that limits your ability to feel happy. In time, and with sobriety, the brain heals and learns to send the right cues again.

June 25, 2018
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Second chance: A new beginning after years of addiction

It was an ordinary trip for Randy Gruhlke to the store to fix his cellphone, when the clerk smelled his breath and was concerned by his behavior.

June 11, 2018
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One woman's addiction journey

Suzanne first tried alcohol as a teenager and did not like the taste. As a college student, she enjoyed the way it made her feel. And, as a married adult with children, it became a problematic situation.

Tyler Oesterle MD By Tyler Oesterle March 29, 2018

Q&A: Does drinking alcohol kill brain cells?

Alcohol has been proven to alter judgment and delay reaction time, but does it really kill brain cells?

December 29, 2015

The problem with kids and cannabis

Young people receive a mixed message about how safe it is for them to use cannabis (marijuana). Cannabis has been legalized for medical or recreational purposes in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The federal government has ended its ban on medical marijuana. New Mexico has authorized the use of medical marijuana without age stipulations. So what's the problem with kids using cannabis? 

February 19, 2015
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If only it were this easy — and cheap

Early intervention for alcohol and substance abuse promises better dividends than expecting the person to "snap out of it."

June 19, 2014

Preparing for the future

As graduation approaches, talk with your kids about their hopes and dreams, and remind them of their responsibility when it comes to alcohol.

May 2, 2014
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Enjoy prom alcohol-free

Research shows that parents play a key role in how a teenager responds to situations involving alcohol. Parents should have a crucial conversation with their teens and set clear expectations.

May 2, 2014