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April is Alcohol Awareness Month – Talk to your Teen about Alcohol

Posted: April 9, 2017 - 12:29am

With April being Alcohol Awareness Month, this is a great time to talk with your teenager and your pre-teen about the dangers of alcohol. Since students in Columbia County report they take their first drink before they turn 13, it is never too early to start talking. People who start drinking alcohol before they are 21 are at least five times more likely to develop a problem with alcohol.

If you need help getting the conversation started, check out the Myths vs. Facts brochure on our website at www.cccc4kids.org.
Throughout April, the Drug Free Coalition of Columbia County and the National Council on Alcoholism join with partners across the nation in a comprehensive approach to reducing underage drinking that includes prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services.

Did you know?

Columbia County youth are drinking at higher rates than the state average, based on the results of the 2016 Georgia Students Health Survey. For example, 81 percent of high school seniors throughout the state of Georgia report no alcohol use in the past 30 days compared to 73 percent of Columbia County seniors.
The actual number of children from 6th to 12th grades reporting they drank more than five drinks in a row during a one-month period is 566. This data is from the 2-15-16 Georgia Student Health Survey 2.0 collected from students in grades 6-12 and is available on the Georgia Department of Education website.

How can you help?

Visit or join our Drug Free Communities Coalition meetings the second Tuesday of every month. Contact Susan Johnson for more information at srjohnson@connectcolumbia.org

Members of the Drug Free Coalition of Columbia County include representatives from Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Grovetown and Harlem Police Departments, the Columbia County school system, Augusta Technical College, Augusta University, Hope House of Augusta, Serenity, Bradford Health Services, Columbia County Juvenile Court, Columbia County Board of Commissioners, Columbia County Fire Department and Emergency Services, Marvin United Methodist Church and the Columbia County Youth Action Team.


Resources for Parents:

• Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). It is specifically targeted at parents of younger adolescents (10 to 14 years of age). https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/MakeADiff_HTML/makediff.htm

• The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking has resources for parents and caregivers in both English and Spanish. https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/researchresources/

• Teen Drinking and Driving: A Dangerous Mix is a campaign from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/TeenDrinkingAndDriving/index.html

Resources for Youth:

• The Cool Spot from NIAAA offers information to younger adolescents about alcohol and peer pressure, and provides them with strategies to make healthy choices. https://www.thecoolspot.gov/

• Underage Drinking - Myths vs. Facts www.cccc4kids.org
• Straight talk about alcohol https://www.girlshealth.gov/substance/alcohol/index.html


Resources for help:

• Call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) substance abuse treatment helpline at 1-800-662-HELP. Confidential, free service, along with referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups and community-based organizations, are available for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues.

• To find a local substance abuse treatment facility, visit SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/locator/home

• The Partnership at http://drugfree.org/ offers information for parents about drug and alcohol abuse. There is also a toll-free number (1-855-378-4373) that parents or other caring adults can call to speak with a social worker if they are concerned about their adolescent's drug or alcohol use.


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