Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Drug and Alcohol Attention Grabbers™ - Do You See What I See?

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!

• Blindfold
• Masking Tape (Blue found in most paint sections at stores)

Put down two straight lines of tape about eight feet long. Allow about 2 feet between the lines. Tell the assembled group that you want to talk with them about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol on your body. Explain to the group that one person is killed every 22 minutes daily in the U.S. in a drunken driving accident. Drinking and driving is the number one killer of Americans between the ages of 17-24. We all think this could never happen to me but I am sure everyone in this room is aware of someone who has been injured or killed in an accident that involved alcohol.

When I heard these facts, not only was I amazed, but I started thinking; “how could this be”. I decided to do some research on my own and you will be amazed at what I discovered. I will need two volunteers to assist me with the demonstration. Have the volunteers join you in front of the group and proceed as follows.

Stand each volunteer at the beginning of one of the lines. Blind fold one volunteer and not the other one. Start talking and as you explain start slowing turning the blind folded individual around and around in place.  
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Explain to the group that both of these young adults are at a party. Point to the volunteer that IS NOT blindfolded and explain that all night long he has resisted the offer of alcohol. Facts have proven that 1 out of every 3 Americans do not drink. Point to the volunteer that is not blind folded and tell him that he has just left the party and the only thing that he has drank is soft drinks. Ask him to walk the line from beginning to end. When he completes the task, ask him if it was difficult. The reply should be no. (This entire time continue slowly turning the blind folded volunteer) Ask the first volunteer to stand in the middle of their line. Now explain to the group that this individual has been drinking at the party and has had quite a bit to drink. Now take the blind fold off and ask the volunteer to walk the straight line. The individual will find it difficult and will probably bump into the first volunteer standing on their line. Have a chair available for the dizzy individual to sit in and do not make them finish walking the line if it is to difficult, be ready to assist the youth to avoid a fall.

This is an excellent example of how your judgment and motor skills are affected when you drink alcohol. Many illegal drugs have similar effects. Point out to the group that the drunk volunteer bumped into the volunteer that had not been drinking. Reiterate this is what happens many times to an innocent individual. They are injured or killed because of a drunk driver.

*For an added, bonus you may use “Fatal Vision Goggles” listed below for the entire group to visualize just how alcohol can affect their visual judgment.

Suggested supplemental materials may be purchased at www.nimcoinc.com

Fatal Vision Goggles (Starter Kit with Case) (Click Here to Purchase)

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