UNDERAGE DRINKING PREVENTION:         
MYTHS ABOUT KIDS & DRINKING

Young people drink to have a good time.
A RECENT NATIONAL SURVEY OF JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TELLS A MUCH DIFFERENT STORY.  MORE THAN 30% OF TEENAGERS DRINK ALONE; BOREDOM AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS ARE AMONG THE REASONS WHY THEY SAY THEY DRINK.

Alcohol is less dangerous than other drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or LSD.
CAR CRASHES, SUICIDES. HOMICIDES AND DROWNING ARE ALL ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL USE AND MAKE IT THE NUMBER–ONE DRUG PROBLEM FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.  IN FACT, THE MOST LIKELY CAUSE OF DEATH FOR A 16-YEAR OLD IS ALCOHOL-RELATED.

If I let my child drink at home, he or she will be less likely to get into trouble with alcohol outside the home.
RESEARCH SHOWS TEENAGERS WHOSE PARENTS ALLOW THEM TO DRINK AT HOME ARE MORE LIKELY TO DRINK OUTSIDE THE HOME AND TO USE OTHER DRUGS.  THEY ALSO HAVE A MUCH GREATER CHANCE OF DEVELOPING A SERIOUS PROBLEM.

So long as my child doesn’t drive, it’s okay for him or her to drink.
TEENS DON’T DRINK THE SAME WAY ADULTS DO.  MANY TEENS ENGAGE IN “BINGE DRINKING” AND DOWN THEIR DRINKS QUICKLY SO THAT THEY WILL GET DRUNK.  WHEN THEY ARE DRUNK THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO DRINK AND DRIVE, OR TO RIDE WITH ANOTHER TEEN WHO HAS BEEN DRINKING.




HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CHILD MAY BE IN TROUBLE WITH ALCOHOL

Smell of alcohol on breath, or sudden, frequent use of breath mints.
Abrupt changes in mood or attitude.
Sudden decline in attendance or performance at school.
Losing interest in school, sports or other activities that used to be important.
Sudden resistance to discipline at school.
Uncharacteristic withdrawal from family, friends or interests.
Heightened secrecy about actions or possessions.
Associating with a new group of friends whom your child refuses to discuss.


WHY ENFORCE LIQUOR LAWS?

Effective, inexpensive, and increasingly requested by community interest groups, enforcement of liquor laws can provide law enforcement agencies with a powerful tool in the fight against crime.  Evidence shows that regular compliance checks of establishments that sell or serve alcohol decrease sales to underage youth.

Alcohol has been identified as a major contributing factor to a wide variety of crimes.  Crimes against both persons and property often involve people who have consumed alcohol.  Youthful offenders commit many of these crimes.  Research shows that the earlier teenagers start drinking, the more likely they will later become addicted to alcohol or other drugs.  When states raised the legal drinking age to 21, researchers found that the rate of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related  problems decreased among 18- to 20-year-olds; those who started drinking later in life drank less and drank less often.  Thus, reducing the availability of alcohol to youth is an effective strategy to reduce crime, both today and in the future.

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A Message For
   Parents

   Adolescent Behavior Affected   by Alcohol Use
Alcohol and STD
Alcohol Violence
  and Crime
Questions and     Answers
Tips
WHY ADOLESCENTS
  SHOULD NOT USE
  ALCOHOL AT ALL!
PARENTS OF DEAD TEEN, WANT TO HELP SAVE YOURS - Signs of Alcohol Poisoning
                                                                   - The Sam Spady Foundation

The parents of Sam Spady are hoping that the death of their 19 year old daughter will not be in vain.  They are hoping you will talk to your children, know their friends and, most importantly, teach them the dangers of binge drinking.

Binge drinking kills more than 1,400 college students each year.  The epidemic is growing at high schools, colleges and universities across the nation.  Samantha Spady, who had loving parents, adoring friends, was a homecoming queen and class president, became a victim of this alarming static