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Jul 252011

We work together for a happier, healthier Sullivan County.

Communities United is an umbrella organization made up of businesses, community support organizations, government and law enforcement, and nonprofit organizations. We are united in our commitment to work for a stronger, healthier community. We know alcohol and drug abuse hurts families and drains our communities of valuable resources.

We work together to provide information, strengthen resources, and support healthy behavior. As you explore our website, you’ll learn more about what we do, our community partners, and how you can help your family and community.

A recent study from the Journal of Primary Prevention looked into the issue of teen drinking parties.

The researchers looked at families and teens in California. They found:

  • About a quarter of teens reported having had a party at their house in the past 12 months, of whom 39 % reported that there was alcohol at their last party.
  • Multiple sources supplied alcohol for most parties.
  • Seventy-two percent of those having a party stated that at least one of their parents knew about their last party, and 64 % reported that a parent was home at least part of the time.
  • Seventy percent of youth who hosted a party with alcohol said that their parent(s) definitely knew that there was alcohol at the party, 24 % replied that their parent(s) probably knew, and only 5 % said that their parent(s) did not know that there was alcohol at the party.

We know in Sullivan County that most adults don’t want their teens using alcohol. We also know most Sullivan County teens who drink say alcohol was ‘given’ to them. Many of this ‘giving’ is from adults hosting parties.

You can make a difference. Make sure you know where your teen is going and who they’re going to be with. If you know your teen is going to a party, call ahead and make sure the parents who are hosting know your family rules about alcohol. Don’t let other parents make choices for you and your kids!

Nov 282014

When tweens and teens are out of school for winter break, they can be tempted to use alcohol or other drugs. You can make a difference and encourage your students to make healthy choices.

  • Talk with them and make sure they know your family rules and that you don’t approve of underage alcohol use, tobacco use, or illegal drug use. Our website can help.
  • Create a family plan and talk about the rules and consequences for use in your family.
  • If you have a student in college, check out College Drinking Prevention for the latest research and ways to help support your student.

Have a challenging family? The New York Times asked crisis negotiators for tips to help keep family conflicts in check.

Even in the calmest of families the holidays can be difficult, especially if it is the first holiday after a death or other major changes.

For kids, this website has some great tips to keep stress low.

And the Mayo Clinic has wonderful tips for adults to help make the holidays more fun and less stressful.

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