Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabbers™ - THE FAD

Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabbers™ - THE FAD

Over the next few weeks, NIMCO will be sharing some "Attention Grabber™" ideas that you can use in class to help teach about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. The “Attention Grabbers” are designed to assist with teaching and speaking about the adverse effects alcohol and drugs cause to all who are exposed to these addictive drugs. We live in a visual society, making visual aids a needed resource to assist with speaking or teaching thus enabling you to reach your entire audience. The suggestions are designed to assist your alcohol and drug education programs. You may expound upon each scenario as your presentation or speaking time allows. Each “Attention Grabber™” is very cost effective to present with the suggested visual aids to reiterate the information given during your presentation. These "Attention Grabber™" ideas are also great for Red Ribbon Week!

Assorted Beanie Babies

Start by showing the audience your collection of Beanie Babies. Briefly explain that several years ago
when collecting Beanie Babies was a fad many of these Beanies were quite expensive. People were
spending a lot of money on these stuffed animals. Many adults as children were hooked on the “Beanie Baby Craze”. The funny thing is, now you can find them everywhere, even at garage sales. For the most part they are very inexpensive. Now these cute little bears are just a trinket that some people still collect but the majority of people have moved on to the newest craze. Ask the group to give an example of something that is the latest fad.  
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Alcohol advertising can affect youth!

Ask the students to think about alcohol advertising and the way it targets youth across America. Many ads and commercials are focused on appealing to youth and focus on the latest trends. They know exactly the clothes, hair, cars, and even music to make the products appealing to young people. Think of all the alcoholic products that are centered on sporting events. The alcohol companies are smart. They want to “hook you” when you are young because they know the younger you start using alcoholic products, the harder it is to quit. The sad part is the “Alcohol Companies” don’t care about you as a person. They just want your money. Your habit makes the alcoholic beverage companies a lot of money. They don’t care about your health or the number of traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers each year.

Alcohol is a high-risk “fad” that can very easily turn into a life long addiction. Don’t support the alcoholic beverage companies with your money. Enjoy life and don’t be fooled by gimmicks designed to be costly and ruin your life.

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