Daily Archives: 07/10/2014

It’s Happy Hour

So here are my picks to the prompt: Tell me about a moment when you were happy, so happy you could hardly see straight. You couldn’t have been happier if you’d won the Lottery. Go ahead and visit one another, make friends. Enjoy.————————


It happened after yoga one night. The April air was crisp as we hadn’t fully settled into spring. My family waited for me at home, dinner on the table. My eyes filled with tears of contentment. I had come through years of debilitating anxiety and was fortunate to be alive.

Average Yogini

Tough choice: Is it the day I completed a 10,000-mile bicycle ride and met Peggy; or the night California voters approved an effort I had initiated to reduce tobacco use? One led to happiness; the other has saved an estimated one million lives. I’ll go with love.

Wandering Through Time and Place

One year sober last month, I got to meet eight other ladies who had become friends via the sober blogs and communities. Sunshine, tea and cake, good conversation with great people who made me feel heard and understood. I didn’t feel like a freak anymore.

A Hangover Free Life

It was my husband’s birthday. We were hoping and praying for a celebration. We waited in the surgeon’s office for my pathology report on the breast cancer. I scanned the mumbo jumbo of the lab summary for any sign of good news.

Relief and profound gratitude. Healing had begun.

Snowdrops for Faith

I awoke to a machete death just outside the Nicaraguan church. It rattled me. Where was God? Under a lone tree someone sang and then another.

I had come cynical and empty. But with the gift of song came a rush of assurance. God was here.

Middlemay Books

“What a big penis!” We were stunned. Our practitioners had all guessed a girl. But it was his heartbeat, strong on the screen. Our boy actually drew a smile as we watched. I had longed to give my husband a son. I was wild with joy.

A Holistic Journey

Happiness is climbing a tree, catching a firefly, setting him free.
Happiness is playing the drum in your own school band.
And happiness is walking hand in hand.
Happiness is being alone every now and then.
For happiness is anyone and anything at all
That’s loved by you.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Children given alcohol to drink by their parents more likely to be heavy drinkers

This was in the Daily Mail recently and wanted to share it here.

Parents who allow their young teenagers to drink alcohol in the hope it will teach them responsible drinking habits later on in life may be doing the opposite.

A study has found teenagers whose parents supply alcohol in early adolescence are three times more likely to drink full serves of alcohol at age 16, compared to those who wait.  The study’s chief investigator, Professor Richard Mattick, said parents are confused about the best way to moderate their children’s drinking.  But he says the study shows supplying booze doesn’t work, with the biggest predictor for drinking alcohol in year 10 being early parental supply through school years 7 to 9.  ‘Parents are the major supplier of alcohol to the under 18s,’ Professor Mattick said.  ‘Many of these do so with the best of intentions, to introduce alcohol in a safe, supervised environment, with the aim of moderating a child’s drinking.’

Professor Mattick said the findings of the study had not been anticipated by researchers and recommend parents to be aware of the risks associated with supplying alcohol to their children.

Professor Mattick said adolescent drinking was linked to later harms in early adulthood including injury, sexually transmitted diseases and adult alcohol dependence, with changes in brain function reported by US researchers.  About one in six children in the study reported being given alcohol by their parents at age 12 and 13.  More than one-third of the study’s sample were supplied with alcohol by their parents at age 15 and 16.  ‘The results also indicate that those children who are given alcohol by their parents may be more likely to seek out alcohol from a variety of other sources,’ said Dr Monika Wadolowski, who recently completed a PhD on aspects of the research.

The study conducted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, followed nearly 2,000 parent and child pairs over four years and aimed to provide guidance to parents on how best to moderate their children’s drinking.   Australian Drug Foundation spokesman Geoff Munro told ABC that other studies have shown young people who start drinking before 18 can develop physical, emotional and cognitive problems. 

Mr Munro recommends young teenagers avoid ‘alcohol for as long as possible’.  

There is also a really interesting video of a panel discussion linked from The Daily Mail piece where Drinkaware and the Guardian interview a group of young people that is well worth a watch if you want to see it from their perspective.

Some of the comments under the article are interesting in that they point to Europe and how it has not impacted on the European young people and their relationship with alcohol.  I would argue that maybe the parents who give their children alcohol earlier on in adolescence within the UK are themselves regular drinkers and maybe this has more to do with role modeling social behaviour.  If it is normal for your parents to drink regularly and heavily this will seem normal to you as that young person.

It probably goes without saying that I will not be encouraging my children to drink before they are 18 because of what I’ve discovered through my research for this blog about alcohol and changes to brain functioning it causes.  It was primarily discussed in the ‘chunking and addiction formation in adolescents post here.

What do you think?