Hi everyone- here's the HOW TO Outline- it includes the suggested host intro/outro.


This segment will focus on social drinking (predominant for our audience), which can lead to alcoholism.

Over a longer term, repeated binge drinking can increase the risk of developing an addiction to alcohol.-CAMH

Meghan is concerned about her friend’s binge drinking, she tries to confront her, but her friend reassures her that it she only drinks on weekends.
Meghan does some research on binge drinking, finds out that Researchers define binge drinking as having many drinks on one occasion: five or more drinks for a male, or four or more drinks for a female. (CAMH and a number of other sources.) She then finds more

INFO (all from CAMH):
Binge drinking is more common among young people. Surveys report binge drinking by:

30 per cent of Canadians aged 15-19, 12 or more times in the past year
41 per cent of Canadians aged 20-24, 12 or more times in the past year

Then she discovers that:
Over a longer term, repeated binge drinking can increase the risk of developing an addiction to alcohol.-CAMH

MORE INFO (Not sure if we will use this)
Stats that could help- from the Substance Abuse Issues and Public Policy in Canada:
“Most heavy and hazardous drinkers were young males under the age of 25”
This refers to high school students:
81.8 % percent of grade 12 students reported drinking alcohol in the previous year- 2005 survey.

She then stumbles on a webpage – Schick Shadel Hospital (treatment centre)
which has a testimony from our central charactr- she ends up interviewing her (not sure how to do this transition)

Then, we will have a combination of Lynn telling her story (with re-enactements) and an expert (Dr. Rick Csiernik) explaining how to tell if someone is addicted- signs, symptoms, social drinking, etc…

Lynn Pike
Questions for interview
Tell us about your childhood.
Tell us about your family (husband and kids) before your husband started his business.
Tell us about your life once your husband started his business (Ask about social life if she does not get into that)
Tell us about the incident that happened when you went to Florida with your friends.
At that point in your life, how did you feel?
When would you say the people around you started to really see a change?
When was it obvious that you had a problem?
How did your husband feel?
How did your kids feel?
Did you try to get help?
What was the turning point?
Tell us how you found out about schick shadel? (pool incident)
You say that you’re now on “the other side.” How so?

During the interview, we will have 4 re-enactments (Lynn is aware of this):

-How she was before with her husband and kids
-The incident in Florida (will demonstrate her social life and the signs)
-How her addiction affected her relationship with her husband/kids- she wouldn’t cook, didn’t give them as much attentions (change, symptoms)
-The incident where she walked into her pool, fully clothes and drunk

Dr. Rick Csiernik
McMaster University, BA
McMaster University, BSW
University of Toronto, MSW
McMaster University, BSc (Psychology)
Wilfrid Laurier University, Graduate Diploma in Social Administration
University of Toronto, PhD
Dr. Csiernik is a Full Professor. His primary teaching interests are in the areas of social work practice, group work, social work field education, social work field practice, and addictions. His research interests include Employee Assistance Programming and Occupational Social Work, addictions, social work field practice, social work and spirituality, and program evaluation.

Questions for Dr. Rick
When does social drinking become a problem?
Is there a group/gender that is more vulnerable to alcoholism?
What are the signs of addiction to alcoholism?
What are some typical red flags?
What are some red flags that aren’t so typical?
What is binge drinking?
What are some of the alcohol trends among young people?
How is one diagnosed with alcoholism?
What should one do once he/she thinks that someone they know is an alcoholic?


Pre-Interview notes with Lynn Pike, recovering alcoholic
PN 519 796 1934

Lynn’s inspiring story:

She is the eldest of 7 kids, she was always an over achiever. She went to university, then dropped out- wasn’t really into the social scene. She got married at 20, had her first child at 22, now has 7 kids. Her husband started his own business, which meant that she now had a social life- the big turn around, where it all started. She was “making up for like lost time.” She didn’t realize it would start 5 years of a big social life=drinking= alcoholism. She says that she would drink until there was nothing left. Social life- where the problem started, she would plan her life around where there was alcohol. Her drinking affected her relationships as a wife, mother, etc.. At one point, she went away with some girlfriends, they went on some “booze cruise.” They were drinking, having a great time, she remembers saying let’s go to a karaoke bar. She does not remember anything after. She blacked out and just remembers waking up in her gown. For the rest of the trip, her friends weren’t saying much to her and she found it weird. She asked her friend’s friend why was everyone acting so weird. The somewhat stranger didn’t believe that she didn’t know- Lynn was out of it, was going crazy, calling her friends’ names, didn’t want to go to the bathroom, or change to go to bed, kept cursing out everyone, reason why they were acting that way. All the while, they thought that Lynn was pretending that she didn’t know what happened. She then told Lynn that she may have a problem and to slow down. This was the first time someone ever said anything about her drinking and she did not want to hear it. Afterwards, she felt bad and drank more to drown her pain. Then there were six months of crazy things, kids, husband, thinking what happened to our mother/wife- she was a changed person, even when she wasn’t’ drunk. She was obsessed about drinking. She spent 4 years drinking to get better- went to two 20 days programs and one 90 day program. She went to a withdrawal management centre 14 times and every time would leave saying that she’ll never be back. One thing she says is that she never quit quitting. She was determined to, first thing in her life, she couldn’t do it by herself, she now understands that. She tried cutting down, She couldn’t breath at times. She was physically, mentally and emotionally addicted. She had withdrawal symptoms- her leg would start shaking. Every 3 to 4 hours, she would drink, sleep, wake up, drink…. She hated what she had become. She told her herself- stop it, what’s your problem.- she felt like a failure. One day she was drunk and walked into her pool with her clothes on, walked out, went inside her home, got on her computer- til this day she isn’t sure how this happened but she found this rehab centre in Seattle and called them in the middle of the night, every night, for two months. She then went and got the help she needed at the centre. She is no longer an addict. She says that you have to want to help yourself. She now volunteers in Windsor and gives other adddits hope. She never would have imagined being on the other side. If she can do it, anyone can. She is also taking an addiction counseling course. She now hopes to educate people, her way to give back.

Lynn’s testimony

Pre-Interview with Glennys Causton: Addictions Instructor at McMaster, Masters in Psychology, Additions counselor for 15 years, now a mental health, concurrent disorders counselor
PN 519 752 9882

Signs/symptoms of alcoholism:
Primarily- Deterioration, dysfunction in any area of life
2nd- classics- tolerance, ability to handle large amounts, presence of withdrawal, physical symptoms, sweating, nausea, fussy thinking, sleepiness

Binge drinking
May not have craving/urge to drink but once they start drinking, large quantities in short periods of time, and collapse. Psychological, anxiety, restlessness, every weekend. Even if it’s once a week once a week, same degree in difficulty in stopping

Students tend to treat drinking as casual/social- influence
they are vulnerable to becoming addicted, they establish a tolerance.
When they leave home, the go to a slightly more mature crowd, no supervision from parents, they drink more- it’s a temp phase but can have long term effects

Diagnose- you can diagnose yourself by your tolerance
At first, you may be a little woozy after a few drinks then once it builds up, you can drink 7-8 without seeming drunk-
-Withdrawal symptoms
-Black outs- severe dependence

How to approach someone you think has a problem-
Challenge them to get info- to do the self test on the CAMH website


Did you know that young people who binge drink are most at risk. CAMH says that this is because they are less familiar with the effects of alcohol, and are more likely to do something impulsive or dangerous. The scariest part is that it can lead to alcoholism. Our reporter Megan explored the issue- let’s check it out.

If you’re concerned about someone you know’s drinking habits:
Contact CAMH or the Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment

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