Drug and Alcohol Commissions educate kids, parents about alcohol risks – Uniontown Herald Standard

A 2017 Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (LCB) Report on underage and high-risk drinking found that students in Washington and Westmoreland counties are above or near the state average in the number of children willing to try alcohol, or who have engaged in binge drinking.

The report cites the 2015 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS), conducted every other year with students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12.

“Alcohol is a problem among out 10th and 12th graders,” said Tammy Taylor, Washington County Drug and Alcohol Commission Inc. prevention director.

According to the PAYS, 31.8 percent of the students surveyed were willing to try alcohol and 10.5 percent have engaged in binge drinking, which is defined as consuming at least five drinks in a row. The state average for the willingness to try alcohol is 27.3 percent and is 7.8 percent for binge drinking.

Ten of the 14 school districts in the county participated in the PAYS.

“It shows that more than half of 10th graders have already tried alcohol. That’s alarming,” Taylor said.

The commission implements alcohol, tobacco and drug use and prevention programs beginning in the elementary school level.

“We are doing a lot when it comes to education,” Taylor said. “Early intervention works. The earlier we get them, the better.”

She said a national study says every dollar spent on education and early prevention could eliminate $18 in treatment costs.

“Protecting you, protecting me,” is a program used in third and fourth grades that teaches drinking can lead to injuries and death, and impairs brain development, Taylor said.

A middle school program “Too good for drugs,” reinforces the risks of using alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and imparts lessons

Read More Here...

This entry was posted in Beer Alcohol Stocks News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.