Here are some of the things we often hear parents say:
"I want my son/daughter to have friends"
"I am not going to tell my son/daughter not to drink when other parents are allowing it"
"I drank in high school and I am doing fine, why not let them drink?"
"Let kids be kids"
"I just want my son/daughter to be safe when they drink-I don't allow them to drive"
"If my kids take small sips, it's okay. I want them to know what alcohol tastes like"
What information do we have today that provokes people to put on their seat belt, not light up a cigarette, to exercise or to eat the right foods? Please watch this video. Warning: the video is 40 minutes long. No flashy delivery, no techno drama or scary music. After all, it is an academic lecture. If you don't like this guy, try Googling: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain. You will find numerous, more entertaining "You Tube" videos out there. I like this one because everything is in it. Just my preference. All very good information, extremely important for parents and teens! Please help us to educate the number of people who make those statements above by sharing the information.
At the end of the day the question remains~ do community members recognize we have a grave problem with alcohol and want to do something about it? The data; it's real. The County Public Health department, school district officials, law enforcement officers, some concerned parents or pastors cannot do this alone. The work is not sustainable without broad support and environmental change. Let's protect the people we care the most about in life~our children. Visit with your friends and neighbors today.
In good health, Betsy