Addictions Awareness Campaign: Go for the Green!
What does an addiction-free lifestyle mean to you?
This year’s Addiction Awareness Campaign focuses on being aware of the lifestyle choices that keep you safe and healthy in the Green zone of the Mental Health Continuum. Take the time to reflect on your alcohol, tobacco, gambling and gaming (which includes internet) use.
Do you know the signs of possible addiction and the effect it may have on your health? What are the things that you, your workplace, and your community do to stay in the Green?
Check out some of the web sites and resources that we have provided to help you better understand addictions. Many sites are interactive and great learning tools. Don’t forget to enter the contest by telling us how you “Go for the Green”! Enter your ideas daily! You could be eligible to receive ONE of 15 Fitbit Zips and/or ONE of 4 Vivo Active Watches at the end of the Campaign! Gifts are courtesy of SISIP Financial. Read the contest rules and regulations!
Mixing drinks with other drugs, medicines, or energy drinks is a recipe for disaster.
Additional resources to help you "Go for the Green!"
If I choose to drink...
I follow the low risk drinking guidelines!
- Women: no more than 2 standard drinks per day, 10 per week.
- Men: no more than 3 standard drinks per day, 15 per week.
- I plan for non-drinking days every week to avoid developing a problem.
- I set limits for myself and stick to them.
- I drink slowly. For every drink of alcohol, I have one non-alcoholic drink.
- I eat before and while I am drinking.
Mental Health Continuum
Follow the low risk drinking guidelines. Set limits when gambling and gaming and keep it a game. Use medication only as directed.
Healthy Reacting Injured Ill No / Occasional / Social alcohol use / gambing and/or gaming Regular but controlled alcohol use/gambling and/or gaming to cope Increased alcohol use/gambling and/or gaming - hard to control with negative consequences Frequent alcohol use/gambling and/or gaming - inability to control with severe consequences
What is an addiction-free lifestyle to you?
- Plan for non-drinking days every week to avoid developing a problem.
- Having a social event where alcohol is not the focus.
- Being present.
- Stronger connections with friends, family and co-workers.
- Waking up in the morning with a clear head.
- Quality time spent with my family.
- Safer work environment.
- Safer roads, trails and pathways.
- Being in control.
- Increased opportunities for career advancement.
For more information on this and other topics, contact your local Health Promotion Office.
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