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Responsible Alcohol Behavior

Responsible Alcohol Behavior is:

What is social Host? Your role in making a difference

Aug 28, 2013

View a great article from MADD on social hosting click here


Don’t Give, Buy or Serve Alcohol to Young People Under The Age of 18 CADA video

Dec 15, 2012


The 2012 Survey of Students Knowledge and Attitudes of Drugs and Health released by the DNDC, where 2,060 9 to 11 year olds were surveyed showed the following:

Average age for first trying alcohol, even a sip, but not including wine at church, 8 years old

% of 9 year olds who had tried alcohol, even a sip, but not including wine at church, 17.4%

% of 10 year olds who had tried alcohol, even a sip, but not including wine at church, 25.3%

% of 11 year olds who had tried alcohol, even a sip, but not including wine at church, 33%

Additionally, the 2011 Bermuda Youth Survey, released by the DNDC, where 3,200 10 to 18 year olds were surveyed showed the following:

Average age for first trying alcohol 12 years old

% of 13 year olds who had tried alcohol 24.5%

% of 14 year olds who had tried alcohol 41%

% of 15 year olds who had tried alcohol 52.5%

These statistics are very troubling because it is proven that the younger a person is when they begin consuming alcohol, the more likely they are to become addicted to alcohol, those who begin consuming alcohol before the age of 15 are 4 times more likely to develop alcohol dependence (alcoholism) than those who wait until age 21, each additional year of delayed drinking onset reduces the probability of developing alcoholism by 14%.

To see How to Talk with Children about Alcohol click here

As an adult, here are more things you can do to prevent and stop underage drinking:

Do not give, buy or serve alcohol to young people under the age of 18
Giving alcohol to someone who is under the age of 18, or turning a blind eye when a young person is consuming alcohol is dangerous and irresponsible. Some adults use alcohol as a special occasion celebration, allowing young people to have a sip of beer, wine or champagne at special events. For the reasons stated earlier this is very harmful and dangerous.

Model responsible alcohol behavior infront of your children
Simply stated, children copy adults' behavior, therefore model restraint and set a good example. Your children will grow up to do what they have SEEN you do. If you choose to drink you can positively influence young people by drinking in moderation and never driving if you have been drinking. If you or your partner struggle with alcohol use, seek proffessional help. Call 295 5982.

Don't keep alcohol in your house, or lock it up
Take the alcohol out of your fridge and lock it up. Or better yet, don't keep alcohol in your house.


Entertaining Responsibly

Dec 03, 2012

When you entertain, there are many things you can do to practise responsible alcohol behavior and to create a fun but safe enviroment at your party. You can....

Recommend guests leave their cars and bikes at home
Tell them you have cab drivers numbers and will call them at the end of the night, or your designated driver will get them home safely

Have at least one designated driver
This can be you or one of your guests, pre-arrange this ahead of time

Use a bartender
A bartender can measure drinks and "cut off" those who indulge too much.

Serve food
Food slows alcohol absorption

Offer non-alcoholic beverages
Serve interesting non-alcoholic drinks

As the host, limit your drinking so that you remain prepared to handle any issues and to help keep your guests safe


Always using Bus, Cab or Designated Driver CADA video

Dec 01, 2012

The vast majority of deaths on Bermuda’s roads involve alcohol or drugs.

If you plan to consume alcohol, put a plan in place to get home safely. Put this plan in place before you leave home.

Remember ABCD – Always use Bus, Cab or Designated Driver


Not Enabling The Problem Drinker. Why Enabling Doesn’t Help And What Does.

Nov 15, 2012

I was confused about the meaning of compassion, I thought it meant making excuses for the alcoholic or covering bad cheques for them, I have now found another word for this behavior, "enabling." I now realize that when I cleaned up the consequences of the problem drinkers behavior, I enabled them to continue drinking comfortably and to continue acting out without having to pay the price. I now realize that if I try to spare the problem drinker the consequences of their drinking, it may avert or reduce the very crisis that would prompt them to seek help.


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Did You Know?

Bermuda law states that it is legal to continue drinking alcohol for only 30 minutes after the permitted closing time. View all facts