Alcohol kills 4 times more young people than all illegal drugs combined. A study from the Journal of Studies on Alcohol found that underage drinking leads to almost 3,200 deaths and 2.6 million other harmful events, from serious injury to high-risk sex among youth, every year.

Underage drinking parties harm teens, even if you take away the keys. Hosting an underage drinking party is illegal. If you are found hosting a party where you knew teens were drinking illegally or using other drugs:

  • You may be charged with a misdemeanor
  • You could be fined up to $2,000
  • You could spend up to a year in jail

You could also be held liable for any accidents or other problems that happen at the party.

Minors who are caught with alcohol could lose their driver’s license, college scholarships or car. They may be fined up to $600 just for drinking at a party.

Don’t host parties with alcohol and stand up to others who provide alcohol to minors. Don’t let other people make decisions for your children. Call 211 to report an underage drinking party confidentially. Together, we can keep our community safe.

Jun 032013

Alcohol and tobacco companies spend billions on advertising and much of it is aimed at youth.

The American Heart Association recently criticized Reynolds Tobacco for its ads for Camel Crush. These ads use bold colors and trendy graphics and were placed in magazines read by teens. But this isn’t the only place where kids get targeted.

  • “Point of sale” posters at store counters are hard to avoid, even if you just want a soda: 78% of youth 13-15 years old across the world report regular exposure to tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship.
  • It’s not always a coincidence when a character smokes in movies. Major movie characters are three times more likely to smoke than people in real life, and tobacco companies have paid studios to have characters smoke.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 smokers start smoking by age 18, and more than 80% of underage smokers choose brands from among the top three most heavily advertised.

You can talk with your children about the ads they see; getting them to think about the messages sent their way is one way to help arm them. Make an action plan and talk with them about tobacco and other drugs. Sullivan County teens are 75% less likely to use when a parent sends a strong message.

Jan 212013

Are you ready for the Super Bowl? The Pats may be out but it should still be a great game.

Hosting a Super Bowl party?

Here are some great tips for responsible party hosting. Remember, providing alcohol to those under 21 is illegal – and can lead to fines and jail time.

Nonalcoholic drinks the whole family can enjoy.

We don’t endorse any products but if you’re looking for spicy food, there are some great recipes at Frank’s Red Hot site.

Watching the game with your family?

Research shows that the more youth are exposed to alcohol advertising, the more likely they are to drink, drink more often and drink to excess. When you watch ads for alcohol, take the time to talk to your kids about responsible behavior. Encourage them to think carefully about the ads they see and what the real messages of those ads are.

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth works to reduce children’s exposure to alcohol ads.

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