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Cheshire Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking
DID YOU KNOW?  According to the 2008 Cheshire Youth Risky Behavior Survey 57% of 11th & 12th graders reported binge drinking in the past 30 days.  10% reported being very drunk more than 40 times in their life. 
DID YOU KNOW? 1 in 5 teens will abuse prescription drugs by the time they graduate high school.  What can you do to help? Read more at
DID YOU KNOW?  Those 7th & 8th graders who reported drinking also reported spending the most time at friends' houses? ( from 2008 Cheshire Youth Survey)
Recent Articles and Information from the CCSUD Newsletter: the latest entry in the lexicon of food-related ills. It is shorthand for a disturbing blend of behaviors: self-imposed starvation or bingeing and purging, combined with alcohol abuse.  Read More
        Energy Drinks and Caffeine Intoxication - One Hundred Scientists and physicians have written a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking for more regulation of increasingly popular energy drinks Read More
Governor Rell: State Launches Media Campaign to Combat Underage Drinking ... that Targets Parents
Federally funded campaign focusing on underage drinking laws, impact of alcohol on teenage brain development
                                                            More Information
Hooton Story Encourages Students To Avoid Steroids - Taylor Hooton appeared to have the world in the palm of his hand. The 16-year-old was a star athlete, good looking, and well liked by his peers.
Coaches told him that, to get better, he needed to get bigger for his senior year of high school, so he took a short cut and turned to anabolic steroids. This led him down the road of depression and, ultimately, Hooton took his own life. Read More
Alcohol Awareness Week - April 12-16, 2010
The Human Service         Committee's
  Alcohol Awareness              Table               
  at the Cheshire               Chamber's
   10th ANNUAL           HOME, GARDEN &      BUSINESS  EXPO 
   April 10, 2010
Dodd Winners Announced!
Pictured: The winners of the Dodd Middle School 4th annual Alcohol Awareness Logo/Slogan Contest; Slogan winner, Claire LeVeir, grade 8, Dodd Principal, Jeff Solan and Logo winner, Allison Lewis, grade  7.
The winners were announced on March 11th at Dodd and were each awarded with a $50.00 Mall gift certificate.
The students designs will be used to promote Alcohol Awareness and the Prevention of Underage Drinking during Cheshire's Alcohol Awareness Week - April 12-16, 2010.

All entries will be displayed at the Cheshire Library.

(photo taken by: Maureen Rose, Alcohol Awareness sub-committee)
Honorable Mention
Emily Mancini's entry was chosen "Honorable Mention". Her entry is posted  above on the Human Service Committee's website.

                      JUST LIKE YOU - THE JIMMY HARPER STORY
                APRIL 15, 2010     Dodd Middle School   7:00pm   $5.00 good will donation

          A movie about a Cheshire teen who loses his way - one small  decision at a time

        A J Pants Production written, acted and directed by Cheshire High School Youth
Proceeds to benefit the Cheshire Fuel Bank
Co Sponsored by the Cheshire Human Services Committee, Cheshire Youth Services Committee, Cheshire Youth Services, Cheshire Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking and DMHAS.  Log on to or  to learn more about Alcohol Awareness Week
          Start Talking Before They Start Drinking:

A Middle School Parent's Crash Course on   How To Talk With Your Child About Alcohol

In Connecticut, 7th and 8th grade is the most common time for children to have their first drink of alcohol.

       Tuesday, May 25, 2010   at  7pm        Cheshire Town Hall Room 207

Presenter: Chris Brown -  Coordinator, Special Education Support Services - Hamden Public Schools School Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor
Adjunct Faculty - Southern CT State Univ., Graduate Program - Counseling & School Psychology

All are welcome to attend                                                                                    Refreshments will be served