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This year in D.A.R.E. I learned many things I didn’t know about being safe and responsible.

One thing I learned from my D.A.R.E. officer was to use the D.A.R.E. Decision-Making Model when you are trying to make a tough decision. It stands for Define, Assess, Respond, and Evaluate.

We also learned about the dangers of smoking. When you smoke, it reduces the amount of blood that flows to your brain and can cause heart diseases. Smoking can also yellow your teeth, cause bad breath, dry your skin and cause wrinkles. There are more than 200 known harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke. In the United States, there are more than 400,000 tobacco related deaths, and 75,000 alcohol related deaths.

Alcohol can cause loss of coordination, poor judgment, loss of self control, and slow reflexes. Too much alcohol can lead to a coma, or even death.

Pressure and stress are other things we discussed in D.A.R.E. class. Pressure is a force or influence that acts on you to do something. When you get pressured, it might cause stress. Stress is any strain, pressure or excitement, felt about a situation or event. Some signs of stress are headaches, stomach aches, and frustration.

You may also start to act differently, get mad, become depressed, and even cry. There are many ways to relieve stress. Taking a walk outside, riding a bike or doing something else that you enjoy are ways to relieve stress. Another thing that we learned about is bullying. Bullying is an aggressive or unwanted behavior used over and over to intimidate, harm, or control another person. If you are a bystander, you can help by telling a teacher or trusted adult. If you are scared you might get bullied for telling, you can ask to remain anonymous.

In conclusion, from now on I will be able to use this important information to make good decisions and help other people.

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