NATIONAL EDGE DAY
National Edge Day on October 17th promotes a movement of youth refraining from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs.
As part of the Straight Edge movement, teens and young adults pledge to live a clean lifestyle. Many who follow the movement also abstain from recreational sex and unhealthy food choices.
The day also encourages the support of those who chose to live the Straight Edge lifestyle. Abstaining from tobacco, alcohol and recreational drugs is not an indication someone is dull. Many who live on the edge, do so without these chemical enhancements. Some may travel and explore the world. They may be thrill-seekers or collectors of knowledge. Perhaps they absorb languages and music instead.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalEdgeDay
Learn more about the Straight Edge movement and what it means. While most events occur on the East Coast, the movement is growing. Join an event near you or organize one. Share your events on social media using #NationalEdgeDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL EDGE DAY HISTORY
In 1999, the Straight Edge movement launch this national day with an event held in Boston, Massachusetts under the name of “Edge Fest.” Straight Edge is a subculture and subgenre of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. The movement adopted the term from the song “Straight Edge” by the 1980s hardcore punk band, Minor Threat.
Q. Does alcohol relieve stress?
A. Many people use the term “take the edge off” when referring to having a drink to relieve stress. While one drink may relax you, alcohol also has other side effects. Even moderate drinkers face some risks because of alcohol:
- Can disrupt sleep.
- Interacts with medications.
- Impair judgment.
Q. How can I relieve stress without alcohol?
A. Studies have proven numerous ways to ease stress. Some of those include:
- Get enough rest
- Reduce caffeine intake
- Listen to music, sing or play an instrument