Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabbers™ - Consequences

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!
Food Coloring/Drug Education/Red Ribbon Week


• Red and Green food coloring
• A clear container filled with water
• Towel or plastic tablecloth to cover display area
• Eye Dropper


Begin the demonstration by displaying a clear container filled with water. Tell the audience this represents a body before drugs or alcohol are introduced. All it takes is one time of introducing drugs or alcohol into your body to cloud your judgment and have negative effects on your body. Add a few drops of red and green food coloring to the water and stir it around. The water will appear a murky color. Explain that after only one time of using drugs or alcohol it can have an effect on your body.

Add a few more drops of the food coloring (red and green). As the water, turns darker explain that the more you abuse drugs and alcohol, the more your body is affected. Many times, we feel that once we have used drugs or alcohol and become addicted there is absolutely no hope. Explain to the audience that there is always hope, and they can turn their lives around. 

Drop a few drops of bleach in the colored water and stir. Keep adding drops of bleach until the water is clear again. Explain that it took effort to clean up the water just as it will take time and effort to clean up your life if you choose to use drugs or alcohol. Tell the assembled group that choosing to be drug and alcohol free is the only safe choice for youth and adults.

* Adjust the amount of food coloring and bleach to amount of water used. You should practice this demonstration prior to presentation.

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