Straight edge kids wise enough to be critical.
||[Jan. 1st, 2003|11:08 am]
how has straightedge affected your politics/ views of the world?|
|PMA in the schools!
||[Apr. 12th, 2010|03:35 pm]
So I never got into straightedge because some motivational speaker came into school telling me about how their child died during Spring Break. I got into it through never wanting to do drugs and listening to punk rock.|
The first straightedge person I knew about was Toby Morse. He put a word to my lifestyle. After that a bunch of tough guys took it away, but still to this day I think that Toby Morse is really fuck'n cool.
Toby Morse is now a motivational speaker that goes into schools and talks about straightedge. He has a website set up for this project:
One Life One Chance .com
|Survey 51 Questions
||[Mar. 8th, 2010|11:50 am]
I made a survey for anyone who wants to take it. I'll answer it myself some time too. |
:) X <3 X <3 X (:
1.) How do you define "mind-altering substances"/"drugs"?
2.) What's your opinion about caffeine- do you avoid it in general or no? Does it have anything to do with straight edge?
Do you feel it necessary to...
3.) Prove that you are hard?
4.) Prove you are more punk?
5.) Prove you are more responsible?
6.) Prove that you have a full life?
7.) Prove that you have strong relationships?
8.) Prove that you are intelligent?
9.) Prove that you are fun/funny?
10.) Prove that you can relax?
Do you consider yourself to...
11.) Be more responsible than other people?
12.) Have a fuller life than others?
13.) Have strong relationships?
14.) Be a fun person?
15.) Be a funny person?
16.) Is there an active scene near you?
17.) Do you have any friends that claim edge? How many?
18.) Do you have any friends that don't drink/do drugs but don't claim edge? How many?
19.) Do you have any friends who claimed edge but then broke edge?
20.) What is your best friend(s) edge status?
21.) How long have you been edge?
22.) Have you ever done any drugs or drank alcohol/smoked cigarettes?
23.) What makes you proudest about being straight edge?
24.) Do you have any tattoos?
25.) What are your hobbies?
26.) Do you have a strong political stance on any particular issue?
27.) Are you a vegetarian/vegan? What is your opinion about vegetarianism/veganism?
28.) What are your favorite weekend activities?
29.) What would you say to yourself as a kid about edge?
30.) Have any pets?
31.) Do you like movies? Which ones?
32.) Favorite punk song?
33.) Favorite non-punk song?
34.) Have you ever converted anybody to being straight edge?
35.) Do you go to bars at all?
36.) Are you or were you ever in any sports? Intramurals? Do you like sports?
37.) Have you had a significant other who wasn't edge?
38.) Have you had a hard time meeting girls/guys?
39.) What's your religious affiliation?
40.) Has your religion affected your choice to be edge, or your edge affected your choice of religion?
41.) Is purity a value/virtue to you?
42.) Do you have a career? Are you working on one?
43.) Favorite food?
44.) Favorite non-alcoholic beverage?
45.) Favorite place to hang out with friends?
46.) Do you or would you do that punk hairstyle today?
47.) Does it bother you that Minor Threat didn't mean to make a scene?
48.) Favorite band?
49.) Would you have chosen this lifestyle if you were born into a different life/to different parents?
50.) What is your opinion of D.A.R.E., Just Say No, PANDA, S.A.D.D., etc. anti-drug programs?
|A video I made
||[Feb. 10th, 2010|12:23 pm]
All in good clean fun of course:|
|One night. Three anecdotes.
||[Nov. 29th, 2009|03:57 am]
For your reference, I'm 24 and have considered myself straight edge for as long as I knew there was such a thing, about 12 years. I've never been drunk, I've never smoked a cigarette, I've never smoked pot or done any drugs beyond that either. I went to college in Madison, WI, a town renowned for its party atmosphere, and I grew up in and have since returned to Milwaukee, WI, a town renowned for its breweries and number of bars per capita.|
I thought I'd finally gotten to the point where other people drinking or doing drugs didn't bother me any more. Sure, as long as no one's trying to get me to partake, I shouldn't have a problem, right? Well I do. I can't stand it.
Three vignettes follow, documenting my evening and a bit of my life in general.
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||[Nov. 22nd, 2009|01:31 am]
In this ad, the Heineken company inadvertently encapsulates the bar experience for those of us not drunk enough to be able to ignore how miserable it is:|
|Dumb article about a pretty clearly flawed study:
||[Oct. 20th, 2009|11:31 pm]
But hey, make up your own minds:|
Why Nondrinkers May Be More Depressed
Alcohol has a peculiar relationship to happiness. We drink to celebrate, but because alcohol works as a depressant, it ends up deadening feelings. Not surprisingly, there's an observable correlation between alcoholism and depression, and even though it's not always clear which leads to which, everyone knows you can't drink like a Sterling Cooper employee for too long before becoming a perpetual sad sack.
But if alcohol can lead to depression, does that mean abstaining from alcohol will make you happier? A new study suggests that the opposite actually tends to be true. In fact, those who never drink are at significantly higher risk for not only depression but also anxiety disorders, compared with those who consume alcohol regularly. (See how to prevent illness at any age.)
The study, which was published recently in the journal Addiction, looked at more than 38,000 people in Norway. Researchers, led by Jens Christoffer Skogen of the University of Bergen in Norway, asked the participants how much they had drunk in the previous two weeks; the research team also asked them various questions to measure their levels of anxiety and depression.
People in the top fifth percentile of drinkers had the highest odds for anxiety. But it was abstainers who were at the highest risk for depression — higher even than the heaviest of drinkers. Why?
One reason is that the abstainers in the study sample were more likely to have illnesses such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia, and people with chronic illnesses are more prone to melancholy. Also, "some people assume it's healthier not to drink," says Skogen — which may be particularly true of those who have chronic illnesses. Finally, some abstainers were formerly heavy drinkers — alcoholics who had to give up the bottle. It makes sense that they would have more psychological distress than others, but only 14% of the abstainers in the Norway study fit this category. (See the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2008.)
The most powerful explanation seems to be that abstainers have fewer close friends than drinkers, even though they tend to participate more often in organized social activities. Abstainers seem to have a harder time making strong friendship bonds, perhaps because they don't have alcohol to lubricate their social interactions. After all, it's easier to reveal your worst fears and greatest hopes to a potential friend after a Negroni or two. (Read "Should You Drink with Your Kids?")
So does this mean we should all have a cocktail? Maybe, but Skogen says he doesn't believe his study should encourage abstainers to become drinkers. Rather, he says doctors might want to investigate why abstaining patients don't drink and explain that in societies where alcohol use is common, not drinking may lead them to feel left out. Sometimes, you should just say yes.
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