Mar 16, 2020

Children imitate - Consequences of Drinking among Kids

The consumption of alcohol is very strongly integrated into society. In many circles it is normal to take care of a child while drinking. People drink to build relationships, establish networks or dampen emotions. However, alcohol can be very harmful if it is not handled responsibly.

Drinking is omnipresent at festivals, including family celebrations such as birthdays, village festivals or Christmas. But what does one' s child, son or daughter, do during this time? Are the parents still equally quick in their reactions while drinking? Interactions can be altered by alcohol. People speak differently or say things they would not normally say. People become more melancholic, cry more often or fight with their partner. Alcohol can make discussions more tense and make people raise their voices. If kids are present they see how adults, parents and relatives, behave differently than before.

And what about the day after? How are the children treated when parents have a hangover? On such "days after " the patience of parents can be reduced. The care of oneself must be coordinated with the care for the children which might feel for both, the parent and the kids, as an extra burden.

Children are strongly influenced when they see their parents with a beer or bottle of wine regularly during the week or on weekend. If they see the same patterns every day, for example that stress is reduced by drinking or if sentences are formulated like: "I need a beer now to calm down" this gets internalized and leads to similar drinking behavior. Children will automatically combine happiness with alcohol if alcohol is consumed on all holidays and celebrations. Children take all the details around them at a very young age and adapt and imitate accordingly.

Children who grow up like this will consume excessive amounts of alcohol, especially in their teenage years. Parties will be celebrated with alcohol, which is what they saw as children among the "big ones". Now they are finally part of it and can have as much fun as mom and dad... Such thinking and drinking patterns should be stopped.

There are numerous campaigns on drink-driving. The car can no longer be steered properly due to alcohol consumption. But what about educating children at home while their parents drink? Doesn't one lose the "handlebars" if one looks after children while drinking?

The Blue Cross in Brazil has made it its mission to work with both parents and children. Through this intergenerational work, healthy family patterns can be created and the harm of imitating drinking behaviors stopped. Thanks for your donation!

Mar 10, 2020

Exciting first months of the year 2020

Peer Educators Training
Peer Educators Training

 The year 2020 began for the Blue Cross Chad with many exciting events:

  • In January, secondary school teachers were trained. They were encouraged to take up the integration of life skills in some of the school lessons. Such topics are: Prevention of alcoholism, smoking, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, AIDS, violence and gender-based violence.
  • In mid-January a press conference was held for the government on the subject of "Alcohol and Sustainable Development". 12 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals are negatively affected by alcohol. For this reason, discussions were held, for example, about increasing the price of alcoholic beverages.
  • In February, 96 peer educators, leaders of Life Skills Club at high schools and university campuses were given training. The focus was on writing activity reports, bookkeeping for the clubs and budget monitoring.

Exciting events are also planned for the next quarter. With your donations you help to change young people and their environment. Thank you very much for your generosity!

Training for Teachers
Training for Teachers
Course diploma handover for a teacher
Course diploma handover for a teacher
Mar 10, 2020

125 Years Blue Cross Denmark

On Saturday, February 1st, the 125th anniversary of the Blue Cross Denmark was celebrated in Copenhagen with the participation of, among others, Minister of Social Affairs Astrid Krag, Secretary General of the International Blue Cross, Anne Babb, and Helle Christiansen of the Church's Army. It was a wonderful day with a grateful look back on the years since the foundation. Here is the exciting story:

1877: The Blue Cross was founded in Switzerland by the priest Louis-Lucien Rochat, who would help people with alcohol problems and their families.

1895: Blue Cross Denmark is founded on February 1st through the librarian H. O. Lange as the initiator. The first Blue Cross meetings are held in his living room.

1900: The Blue Cross now has ten local associations and a national organization is formed.

1904: The Children's Association HOPE is founded by Head of Office Carl Borgen. The work was similar to Sunday school work, but had a preventative and cautionary nature in relation to alcohol.

1906: Blue Cross' first rescue home, Kærshovedgård by Bording, opens. There is room for 32 patients. Later, the neighboring yard is also bought, so that a total of 50 residents can be accommodated.

1917: The Blue Cross now has 32,866 members and supporters in 525 local associations.

1924: 5-6 local associations have established youth departments, and HOPE has grown to 4,799 children in 90 local departments. 

1940: The Blue Cross is criticized for having farming operations as the most important element of its weaning work. The Blue Cross brings together an expert group to develop the treatment, and this will have a great impact on the future.

1959: The Blue Cross National Council adopts the establishment of the Blue Cross Youth (BKU).

1960: New alcoholic care law moves care from the Ministry of Social Affairs to the Ministry of the Interior. Alcoholism is referred to as a disease and alcohol dependents must be treated on an equal footing with other patients in the hospital system. Patients for the Blue Cross homes should be visited by a physician.

1960-64: Retirees are no longer visited for alcohol treatment. The Blue Cross therefore creates nursing homes in Hobro and Skannerup.

1964: Peder Grube in Vorbasse donates his house and pavilion to the Blue Cross and erects a dormitory building so that the first children's summer camp can be held in Vorbasse. 

1975: The first recycling shops open in Næstved in a former butcher and fishing business. Within a few months, recycling also opens in Aalborg and Odense. Blue Cross members and friends are hereby given new duties as volunteer staff.

1989: After some financially turbulent years, the Blue Cross is expanding its efforts. Opens the heating room in Herning and non-alcoholic restaurants in seven cities. 

1997: TUBA is created - Therapy and counseling for Young people who are Children of Alcohol Abusers.

2008: Excursions and weekend camps for socially disadvantaged families are set in motion. In general, there is a growing focus on providing assistance to those in the immediate community who are affected by the addict's alcohol dependence.

2013: The child's Blue House is set up in Aalborg and Copenhagen. The goal is an early response to children from homes with alcohol abuse and mental and social problems. 

As its history shows, the Blue Cross Denmark is characterized by much change and growth despite temporary structural difficulties. Thanks to your donation, children of alcoholics in Denmark can continue to be reached and their lives can be shaped positively. Thank you for your generosity!

Christian Bjerre and Astrid Krag
Christian Bjerre and Astrid Krag
Anne Babb
Anne Babb
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