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Things I Wish I Knew In High School*

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*Taken from a PowerPoint by Jordon Hillhouse from the CADCA National Leadership Forum 

THING 1

Realities:

-The world is a tough place. About .08% of high school football players make it to the NFL. That's 800 out of 1 million. 1 in 7 million win an Oscar. There's a 1 in 175 million chance of winning the lottery. 

-Hard work is hard! Many people fresh out of college expect to be the CEO. It doesn't work that way. Experience is the big teacher.

Binge drinking impairs immune system

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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287518.php

Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as drinking enough to reach or exceed a blood alcohol content of .08, which is also the legal limit for driving. This level is usually achieved after four drinks for women or five drinks for men, consumed over 2 hours.

Drunk Driving Facts and Statistics

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Provided to us by Angela Whitney and a group of students from her after school program is a fantastic resource for information about drinking and driving. Many resources and outlets to check out! A huge thank you to these students for being assertive and finding these useful tools.

http://www.newbeginningsdrugrehab.org/drunk-driving-facts-and-stats

Another sports professional caught with illegal substances...

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As history supports, professional athletes have had a bad reputation with illegal substances and not only that but most of the time, there is an inability to take responsibility for their actions. In the news this month is Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod). Rodriguez is a famous major league baseball player for the New York Yankees. He has recently been suspended for most of the 2014 baseball season, sitting out 162 games of the 183 game series. Losing $22,131,147 of his $25 million contract, he will still be paid $3 million for the games he is able to play.

Focusing on Sobriety

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Drugs are such a prevalent topic in today's society. Between seeing articles in the local newspaper, hearing a story on the evening news about all the states that are considering the legalization of marijuana and a media outlet telling us about our favorite celebrities going back to rehab; we are constantly surrounded by talk about drugs.

Drivers Beware -- Drinking and Driving Penalties More Severe for Youth

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Did you know that the penalties for drinking and driving are more stringent for youth? If you are under the age of 21, you can be arrested for having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02 or more (The BAC threshold for adults is .08). If you are driving under the influence, you can be arrested with a BAC level lower than .02. If you are between the ages of 13 and 17 and convicted of a first time alcohol or firearm violation, or age 13 through 20 and convicted of a first time drug violation, your driving privileges will be revoked for one year or until age 17, whichever is longer.