Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Avoidance of Binge Drinking Training and Education Program
A major U.S. Federal government law enforcement agency asked us to create this alcohol awareness training PowerPoint program after huge publicity issues associated with alcohol abuse. It took time, but now it is available to you.
• This alcohol abuse prevention program targets the reduction and elimination of binge drinking and alcohol abuse with content and educational material that's intense and will have everyone who views it thinking twice about their behavior and the behavior of friends or coworkers who abuse alcohol. It is meant to get people a little anxious so they take action. There is no beating around the bush in this program.
• Alcohol abuse is a common occurrence, but frequency of abuse among social drinkers varies, and it often takes the form of binge drinking. Having an occasional drink and enjoying the pleasurable side effects of alcohol is socially acceptable in most Western cultures for those who are of legal age, but there are risks of abuse.
• This alcohol abuse prevention presentation is not about abstinence or being a teetotaler. And it is not a lecture to social drinkers. It is about education and awareness, dispelling myths and misconceptions, and understanding the harm alcohol abuse can cause, and the choice you have to avoid abusing alcohol if you are not alcoholic.
Alcohol Abuse Training PowerPoint (Also DVD, Video, or Online Web Course)
Yes, There Is One Key Difference
This program separates alcoholism from alcohol abuse. Regardless of what you've ever heard, these two behaviors have one important distinction--addictive disease versus non-addictive disease. We clear up the confusion.
Alcoholics must learn to achieve total and continued abstinence, and do so by starting with an assessment and getting help or treatment when signs and symptoms of their illness become evident. Easier said than done, but alcoholics don't escape responsibility for treatment and the consequences of their alcoholism and abuse. This is what intervention is all about, and why it is key to alcoholic's making choices that lead them to abstinence and sobriety.
This alcohol abuse prevention program covers 27 minutes of material and explores:
• The recognized definitions from NIAAA and the National Centers for Disease Control of alcohol abuse and binge drinking
• Making choices about alcohol use, consumption, and quitting prior to intoxication
• Avoiding tragedies by choosing to avoid alcohol abuse
• Risk of death from abuse of alcohol
• CDC statistics on alcohol abuse and binge drinking
• Why social drinkers vary in how quickly they feel the effects of drinking--and what it means
• Resistance to intoxication and what it means for risk of alcoholism and dependence
• Key indicators and diagnostic clues for alcohol dependence--self-diagnosis
• Male versus female drinkers, biology and effect of intoxication and abuse
• Why women are more susceptible to liver cirrhosis,
• Why women will get drunk faster
• Dangers and hazards of alcohol abuse to others, one's health, and employer productivity
• Impact on the home and domestic violence
• Neglect of responsibilities toward work and domestic responsibilities
• The unpredictability of behavior while intoxicated
• Long-term and short-term consequences of alcohol abuse
• How to make choices to reduce abuse of alcohol
• ...and much more.
This alcohol abuse prevention program also discusses how alcohol abuse leads to workplace risk, breaking work rules, slipping and falling, suffering small injuries, or kicking oneself the next day for acting stupid—only to repeat the same behavior again in the future after swearing it would never happen again.
If an employee abuses alcohol, chances are they have experienced consequences and close calls, and these are only a few issues commonly reported by both nonalcoholic and alcoholic abusers of alcohol.
Risks of Binge Drinking
While alcoholism has criteria to define it, and is usually a prolonged state of alcohol consumption with specific signs and symptoms, binge drinking refers to excessive consumption of alcohol in short spurts, typically during social settings such as nights out, parties, celebrations, and weekend get-togethers. Varoius definitions exist, like 4-5 drinks in an hour's time, etc.
Alcohol is abused to also prevent boredom or simply to kill time. Almost any reason or no reason at all can be used by the drinker to justify a binge drinking episode.
• A binge drinker may not consider himself or herself an alcoholic because he or she does not drink every day. However, many binge drinkers use alcohol as a coping mechanism to deal with life’s problems. Stress, domestic squabbles, fears, depression, and disappointments are common reasons for a drinking bout. What's key is that both social drinkers, alcohol abusers, and alcoholics have a definition of alcoholism that does not include themselves. They know the symptoms they don't have and use this evidence to compare out of the definition. As time passes, and more symptoms are acquired, this definition changes to avoid self-diagnosis.
• Social drinkers don’t medicate personal problems with alcohol for one simple reason: It does nothing to influence their mood, separate them from emotional stress, or provide an avenue of temporary escape. This is entirely a function of the drinker and his or her body chemistry. We help employees understand all these differences and why they are associated with genetics, risk of addiction, and how family history is the biggest clue for future trouble.
• Binge drinkers may also fool themselves into thinking that their drinking doesn’t do damage to their body like it would an everyday drinker, but it does. Medical risks of alcohol abuse and binge drinking may include serious conditions like brain damage, liver cirrhosis, irregular breathing and heart diseases, sex dysfunction, and sleep deprivation. Science has proven that sleep deprivation can lead to cancer. Many health issues can be directly or indirectly associated with excessive alcohol consumption.
• This program also covers accidental injuries; why alcoholics are more likely to hurt themselves intentionally; about alcohol poisoning and the associated signs and symptoms, and what to do if it happens.
We also touch on fetal alcohol syndrome and caution women against alcohol consumption while pregnant, and discuss how alcohol abuse can lead to aggressive behavior, various types of victimization, unsafe sex, drunken driving, sexual assault, domestic violence, firearms injury, drowning, and more.
We also address binge drinking and the connection to an alcoholic family history; how genetic risk and “taxing one’s susceptibility" can lead to addiction, and to avoid it, especially if family history of addiction exists.
This program educates the drinker to get a periodic evaluation of his or her drinking practices in the same way one would seek out any other medical screening test. The rationale is simple: Denial is the hallmark of addictive disease, and this denial pattern grows more severe as time passes.
DVD, PowerPoint, Video Formats, and Web Course format are available. Get a 50% discount for adding a second format of equal or less cost.
Other related alcohol abuse prevention products of WorkExcel.com:
• Alcohol and Other Drugs at Work: What Employees Should Know
• DOT Drug and Alcohol Awareness Education and Training for Supervisors
• DOT Regulations for Drug Testing in the Workplace CFR 49, Part 40
• Thinking About Your Drinking Video and Education Program
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