Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabbers™ - Affairs Of The Heart

Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabbers™ - Affairs Of The Heart

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!

• Three Construction Paper Shaped Hearts (red)
• Glue

Glue two construction paper hearts together prior to the lecture. Cut one single heart to use at the beginning of the presentation. Hold up the single heart and explain that the heart is vital to maintain life and it must function properly in order that we may have a healthy and safe life. Your heart beats an average of 72 beats a minute, and pumps 1.3 gallons (5 liters) of blood per minute which is 1,900 gallons (7,200 liters) per day. Explain to the group that your heart is very a synchronized organ and when you drink alcohol, consume, or inject drugs you immediately affect your heart. 

Alcohol is a depressant. This means it slows your central nervous system down. When you consume alcohol in mass quantities, you may even cease to breath. Thus causing your heart rate to decrease to the point of death. The reason many people say that alcohol relaxes them is because it literally slows down your heart rate. Most illegal drugs speed up your heart rate. 

Hold up the two hearts glued together and demonstrate that one heart is slowed down by alcohol (which is a drug) and illegal drugs increase the heart rate on the other. Demonstrate that when your heart or body is pulled in two different directions at the same time this can happen. Tear the two hearts apart. Hold up the damaged hearts and say that we can glue these back together, but ask the group this question. Will the heart ever look the same? Of course the answer is NO. Use this demonstration to make the audience aware that experimenting with drugs, alcohol or both will cause damage that can never be repaired. Refer back to the earlier statement about the function of the heart on a daily basis. Use this opportunity to reiterate the fact that drugs and alcohol are dangerous and many times fatal.

Added Activity:
You may have students research the effects of drugs and alcohol on the heart as an additional educational activity.

Suggested supplemental materials may be purchased at

My Promise is to be Drug Free - SELF-STICK Ribbons (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE)

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