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Community Connections seeks alcohol survey-takers

Posted: May 26, 2012 - 11:00pm

A Columbia County agency wants residents’ opinions about alcohol in an effort to prevent underage drinking.

Columbia County Community Connections is asking residents of six local ZIP codes – 30809, 30909, 30907, 30813, 30814 and 30802 – to take a short survey.

Paige Miller, Community Connections director of Planned Giving, said she’s working with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health, Development and Disabilities to collect about 2,600 surveys before June 20.

Surveys are developed for three age groups – ages 9-17, 18-25 and 26 and over.

While the state agency will use the responses to formulate an alcohol awareness campaign, Miller said she’ll use the information gleaned from the surveys locally.

“We’re actually going to do a (local) awareness campaign,” Miller said. “The needs assessment (survey) really is to build a prevention campaign targeting underage drinking. In Columbia County right now, we really want to target parents that buy it or let their kids have parties with alcohol, and older siblings that buy it for younger siblings.”

Miller said she needs more people 18-25 and 26 and older to take the surveys, which can be done on paper or on the Internet.

“The online survey, it takes about 10-15 minutes to do,” Miller said.

Questions included on the youngest groups’ survey ask if they’ve tried alcohol and how they got it. The survey for 18-to-25-year-olds focuses on binge drinking, and if they drank underage, how they obtained the alcohol.

The adult survey questions opinions of binge drinking and law enforcement response to underage drinking.

Surveys are due by June 20.

To take an online survey, visit www.connectcolumbia.org. The front page of the site can be confusing, so Miller said take care to choose the correct survey age group.

For questions, or to fill out a paper survey, call Miller at (706) 556-0609.

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