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England Teenagers Saying No To Alcohol, says recent Data

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Alcohol A recent research has found that teenagers of England are bringing change in their lifestyle by saying no to drinks. It has been found that over the past ten years, a decline in the use of illegal drugs and consumption of alcohol has been found.

Teens speaking up...

Via Ankita, Pehchaan Radio Club member

Peer pressures are influences that people your age have on you. For teens especially, peers become increasingly important. Us teens are very concerned about our image, the image that affects what others thinks of us. Being accepted and fitting in is a huge goal for most of us. Some teens would go to great extremes to become noticed. No one wants to feel estranged. They would put themselves in an uncomfortable position so that they could become popular.

Teens speaking up...

Via Saloni, Pehchaan D.A.V. Radio Club Member

Teenagers feel peer pressure every day in their lives, whether in school or out on the town. During their teenage years, kids differentiate themselves from their parents by participating in peer groups, and sometimes, these groups offer negative choices to teens.Oftentimes, “just saying no” isn't enough, and teens must look inward at self-confidence and personal convictions to make good choices. The reality is that teenagers are more likely than adults over 25 to binge drink, have casual sex, participate in negative situations, and get in automobile accidents.

Given this increased likelihood of risky behavior, how can teens learn to make good decisions and choices while also maintaining friendships?

Let them know you mean it...

Say 'NO' and let them know you mean it.

^|^Stand up straight
O_O Make eye contact
:OSay how you feel
/\Don't make excuses
:)Stick up for yourselfSource:

Not that easy to say 'NO'...

I know...It is never easy to say that NO to your loving friends.

Because YOU:

^ are afraid of being rejected by them

^ want to be liked and don’t want to lose a friend

^ don’t want to be made fun of

^ don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings

^ aren’t sure of what they really want

^ don’t know how to get out of the situation

But...You have to over power these feelings.

Take help from your parents,siblings and teachers. :)Source:

Say "NO"...

The right to say 'NO'!

If someone is pressuring you to do anything that's not right or good for you, you have the right to say NO.

You don't have to give a reason for your NO and you can simply walk away without feeling bad.

It is your Right.
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Alcohol addiction trickles down to youngsters still in school

KOLKATA: The age at which an average person begins drinking hard liquor has dropped from 28 years a decade ago to 18 now, an indication that a sizeable number of school students is consuming alcohol. With 16% of drinkers turning alcoholics in India, the decline in drinking age can potentially trigger an explosion in the number of people suffering from alcoholism.
A person is labelled an alcoholic if he or she has the urge to consume alcohol daily and downs more than two pegs.
"Not only do a lot of children experiment with alcohol at a very tender age, the social acceptance of drinking in urban areas is expanding the vulnerable group. While not everyone who drinks liquor turns alcoholic, the lower the age of consumption, higher the chance of a person becoming addicted to alcohol," socio psychologist Nandini Chatterjee said on the sidelines of a meet organized by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), a support group for alcoholics.
While de-addiction from alcohol and dealing …

Children on drugs turn to counsellors for help

NEW DELHI, July 25 -- In what is coming across as a disturbing trend, school students between 10 and 16 years of age are turning to counsellors to fight addiction to drugs and intoxicants. The helpline Yuva, jointly run by the Delhi government's education department and the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), receives five calls related to substance abuse on an average per day.
The helpline receives calls from students, parents as well as teachers on varied issues.
More lately, it is getting calls on substance abuse as well.
"We have been receiving at least five calls every day from school students who are finding it difficult to concentrate on studies as they have become addicted to various substances. Several of them have stopped attending classes as they are not able to concentrate for a longer period," said an education department official.
These students use thinner, correction fluid and glues, etc. According to the helpline, most student…

Peer Pressure can be good too^^

Here are some good things friends can pressure each other to do:
Be honest :)
Avoid Alcohol **
Avoid drugs |**|
Not smoke <O
Be nice :D
Respect others :K
Work hard :O
Exercise (together!) :P

You and your friends can also use good peer pressure to help each other resist bad peer pressure.Source:


"Peer Pressure" isn’t all bad.

You and your friends can pressure each other into some things that will improve your health and social life and make you feel good about your decisions.

Think of a time when a friend pushed you to do something good for yourself or to avoid something that would’ve been bad.

Noida village bans gutkha, alcohol and cigarettes are next in line

It is a bold step of village Panchyat Sarfabad NOIDA towards community well-being. Minister of Social Justice Sh.Mukul Wasnik announced on 26th June 2012 ,involvement of village Panchayat in alcohol prevention. This is an excellent example of village Panchyat to lead the campaign in the U.P state and than country. Panchyat is an important tool of social control. We support the efforts of Panchyat. Mr.Vatsyayan also advocated for social intervention for alcohol prevention in a live discussion on Loksabha TV  <iframe width="420" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
The panchayat of Sarfabad in Noida, a village known for its rich history in wrestling, on Sunday banned all forms of tobacco products and announced fines and punishment for those who dared to defy the diktat.
“People caught selling and consuming tobacco products such as gutkha and kheni in the village will…

Peer pressure? It's hardwired into our brains... By- Science Daily

The rewards outweigh the risks -- when you're in a group, anyway. A new USC study explains why people take stupid chances when all of their friends are watching that they would never take by themselves. According to the study, the human brain places more value on winning in a social setting than it does on winning when you're alone. Georgio Coricelli of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences led a multinational team of researchers that measured activity in the regions of the brain associated with rewards and with social reasoning while participants in the study entered in lotteries.

Their study appears this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers found that the striatum, a part of the brain associated with rewards, showed higher activity when a participant beat a peer in the lottery, as opposed to when the participant won while alone. The medial prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain associated with social reasoni…

"Peer Pressure"

"Peer Pressure" is the influence exerted by a peer group, encouraging individuals to change their attitudes, values, or behaviors in order to conform to group norms...
But whats "Peer Pressure" for you??

Is it always negative or is their any positive side to peer pressure???

Photo Courtesy: ICMR, Mumbai

Class-VII kids drink alcohol in school..

"Stern action will be taken against them once they are discharged from the hospital." Is this the only way to deal with issue at school level....Please give your comments 

KOLKATA: Four Class-VII students of a high school in Agarpara in North 24 parganas fell ill after allegedly consuming alcohol in school on Saturday. they allegedly consumed alcohol in the school on Saturday afternoon.

They were admitted to hospital and one among them was reported to be critical. while one of them was stated to be critical.

The four students had brought two bottles filled with liquor in their school bag, alleged sources. During the tiffin period, they sneaked out the bottles and drank the liquor. It was after some time that they complained of stomach ache and vomiting. At the tiffin period they drank it at a corner of the school premises and soon they were feeling unwell. They also complained of vomiting and acute pain in their stomach.Suspecting something was wrong the other stude…

A step towards school based intervention and policy!

Pehchaan Drug awareness Campaign launched by Pehchaan radio club at D.A.V. Public Schoola step towards school based intervention and policy!

By Vindhya Vatsyayan
The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is celebrated every year on 26 June to commemorate the signing of the Declaration adopted at the International Conference against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on that day in 1987.
As a culmination of two week long Pehchaan Drug awareness campaign, the Nada India Foundation in collaboration with D.A.V. Public School, Vasant Kunj organized a workshop on “Radio and Drug Abuse” on 12th July, 2012 at D.A.V. Public School,Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

Dr. Anju Puri, Principal, D.A.V. School delivered the welcome address. Ms. V. Pallavi, Director, Nada India, Ms. Abha Narula, In-charge, Interact Club & Ms. Vandana, faculty member were also present. Bridging the gap & creating new spacesa step towards mutual learning
Children from different cultural backgrounds got…

Is Young India Drunk? .... Think about it

When is the last time you got drunk? "i am drinking right now and u have no clue how much trouble I'm having to get all the spellings right." Imagine a pretty 22-year-old Mumbai girl sitting in front of her computer and peering at a digital audition form for music channel MTV's ongoing reality show, The Real World, meant for youngsters with "one big dream to be famous". "I am not a party animal," she insists. "I drink just to have a good time. I am a good girl." She is not the only one with a glass in her hand. Youngistan is talking bottles, pegs, pints and shots with the ease of seasoned drinkers, raising a toast to everything: Birthdays to cricket matches, before and after exams, to stave off boredom or the blues. And if opportunity knocks, an unusually high percentage are drinking until they land in trouble. In a country known for abstinence, the age-old notions of who drinks what, where, when and why are changing dramatica…

Alcohol claimed lives of 155 women in 2011

Over 150 women were among 4,547 people who died last year in the country due to consumption of alcohol, according to government data.
Maharashtra topped the list of deaths, detailed in the Accidental Deaths and Suicides in India 2011 report prepared by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), with 1,185 victims followed by Haryana (309).
A total of 155 women died in the country due to alcohol consumption last year with Karnataka on top with 36 women followed by Chhattisgarh (31), Tamil Nadu (19), Maharashtra (18), Madhya Pradesh (15) and Andhra Pradesh (10).

Such deaths were was also reported from Uttar Pradesh (7), Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan and Jharkhand (three each), and Odisha, Uttarakhand and West Bengal (one each). There were a total of 23 deaths, including that of two women, due to alcohol consumption in Gujarat where prohibition is enforced.
In the national capital, there were 151 deaths due to alcohol last year compared to 125 in 2010. Though no woman was amo…

"Tete - a - Tete" with Reality ! -Rakshitha, Nada Intern

Making my best efforts to keep up my New Year resolution of not procrastinating things this year, I persuaded myself to sit down and begin my holiday homework. Just as I sat down, my phone buzzed as always at the wrong time.

But what lay ahead of that conversation was simply something I wasn’t prepared for. My sociology teacher had called to inform me about the intern/volunteer ship programme open at Nada India Foundation. I was well acquainted with this organization since they had recently introduced the new RADIO CLUB – PEHCHAAN, in our school. I had attended a couple of workshops conducted by them and enjoyed it thoroughly. So, I had a rough idea of their work.

However, the mess of notebooks and textbooks spread out on my study seemed to give me a sarcastic smile, sensing my hesitation; making me realize it time and again that they were the only ones I needed to be with for the next 8 months. With a little hope somewhere deep down I talked to my parents. I promised …

"How it all started as a Nada Volunteer"- Bhishm Wahi

One fine Sunday evening when nothing seems to excite me, I was going through the wall posts over Facebook when suddenly one of my very good friends, Vindhya posted a status which required volunteers for Nada India Foundation’s upcoming 10 days programme to mark International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Over a sip of coffee, I decided to use my holidays and indulge in productive work to enhance my knowledge and to give back my contribution to the society.
I, Bhishm Wahi, who has just given final year exams of graduation coming from a very different background of regular parties, hanging out with friends, waste money like water, where people gives importance to only themselves and who are the slave of the traditional upbringings into the world of ‘serving to others’ i.e. to the social world where people work frantically towards the well- being of society, gives respect to each other’s work (unlike in corporate world, cramped of selfishness).

"My horizon expanded and reached at a new level"- Bhishm Wahi, Nada Volunteer

As the days passed by, my horizon expanded and reached at a new level where many things were still to learn, unlearn and relearn.Working with Nada India Foundation (NIF) has given me a new approach towards society and to develop the quality of serving others first. Our next agenda was to have a workshop at homeless shelters at Yamuna Pusta and Jama Masjid. I was dreaded to be among the drug addicts because of my stereotypical mindset for such people that they are nothing but useless bunch of losers. One of the main purpose of having this workshop is to make feel people about their worth in life which also proved me wrong the moment I got to know them personally and at the same time changed my mind set.
Suneel Sir successfully organized counseling session with the homeless people and their staff, patiently listened to their problems, hardships they face in day-to-day life. They talked endlessly of how drugs have ruined their life and how vulnerable they have become.
To motivate them…

"To be or not to be, that is the question"- Bhishm Wahi,Nada Volunteer

Without giving it another thought I jumped into the world of caring, respecting, loving, sharing and most importantly serving to the people. The last 10 days of my life have seen me grown from a relaxed, typical boy with dreams in his mind into a more independent, aware and mature human being. In this journey of social world I see myself ‘fit n fine’ to serve other people. On the occasion of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking celebrated on June 26, 2012, Nada India Foundation (NIF) left no stone unturned to make it an historic day with their 10 days programme cum workshops across different parts of Delhi with the marginalized and under-privileged section of our society living in bastis, camps, and homeless shelter to aware them about the ill-effects of drugs of different kinds through the medium of art and with the power of speech.
For the same, I was chosen as their program coordinator cum volunteer to make sure all the things go on time, meetings with peo…

Russian lower house bans alcohol ads on internet

MOSCOW: Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, on Friday approved a law that prohibits advertising alcoholic drinks in the Russian segment of the Internet and print media.
The law will come into force from Jan 1, 2013, as print media have annual contracts with advertisers and should have the opportunity to fulfil the terms of their contracts, Duma member Igor Rudensky said.

Addiction / Alcohol abuse – what you need to know Alcohol abuse – what you need to know

 Next time you take a sip of your drink, ask yourself “Who’s in charge? You or the bottle?” The recent Satyamev Jayate episode brought forward some questions that we tend to ignore about alcoholism. Addictions are dependent on external factors to feel a misplaced sense of control. It doesn’t matter what form the addiction is in. Each addiction that takes you away from yourself is equally bad. Let that be gaming, sniffing glue, narcotics, smoking or drinking. The addiction begins in the first place because you want to escape your reality. What you get in return is a temporary sense of relief. What it takes from you is your life. Only you don’t realise it. Chronic alcoholism is a disease. However, unlike other diseases, it cannot be easily fixed by popping a pill. It can happen suddenly and doesn’t give you the impression that you’re out of control. Adverse health effects of over-consumption It’s not considered a disease by many. Ill effects The effects of alcoholism are far-…

How It All Started?

The United Nations General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

By Vindhya Vatsyayan

It was a sweltering afternoon of 18th June when we were told that this year we will be celebrating International day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by organizing 10 different events across the city. I was really excited because this was going to be my first International day against drug abuse as an online coordinator with Pehchaan Radio club.

I have been seeing my parents celebrating this day with at most passion for more than two decades. This year it was my turn to be part of it.

We quickly mapped few of the probable places where we would be carrying out the events. We zeroed on 10 different places comprising of different slums, villages and homeless shelters.

Next step was to decide o…

International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking

The International Day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed on 26th June, 2012 at Sathy Sai auditorium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

By Vindhya Vatsyayan

Addressing the gathering, Shri Mukul Wasnik,the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment said, "In order to create awareness, the Ministry is launching a major awareness campaign by using the mobile sms, print media, electronic media etc. so as to reach maximum people."

In his speech, the Chief Guest Sh. Ajay Maken, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, said, "The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has introduced mandatory doping test in all national, state and university level sports competition."  Highlighting the increasing use of drugs among sportsmen, Shri Maken said, during a recent drill by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), several school children were found using banned performance enhancement substances. He also stated that in order to render valuable service for the…

An Insight to the World of De-Addiction & Rehabilitation

Young Nada interns visit a De- addiction centre for the first time only to get amazed. Find out what brought smile on their faces.

By Vindhya Vatsyayan
"Dii! we want to experience something real on this occasion of International Day against Drug abuse", said one of the Nada Interns during our last focus group discussion.What could be more real than having a word with the sufferers itself, I thought. And I instantly decided to take them for a visit to "The Beginning Of New Life" De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centre, Mandi Gaon, New Delhi.They looked a little scared because of their preconceived notions about drug and drug addicts but were very much ready to explore this new side of their surroundings. 
It was 29th June,2012 when we all gathered outside Chattarpur Metro Station for our visit to the De-addiction centre. I think it only took 10 minutes for the interns to become comfortably a part of that place, they were no more hesitant to ask any questions and ver…