Holidays and Underage Drinking

  • 6% of 8th graders, 25.7% of 10th graders, and 32.7% of 12th graders reported drinking an alcoholic beverage in the past 30 days
    • Heavy drinking is a problem at higher-grade levels- 15.4% of 10th graders and 18.1% of 12th graders reported binge drinking (5 or more drinks in one sitting) in the past two weeks
    • 3% of those that report drinking say they got the alcohol from parents with their permission, 50.1% obtain alcohol from people over the age of 21, and 43% get it from other family members
    • 8% of those that report drinking say they drink at home with parent’s permission and 37.4% drink at someone else’s home with their parent’s permission
    Remember, it is illegal to buy or serve alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age, and buying alcohol for a minor may be a $1,000 fine and up to 1 year of jail time. This holiday season, we all have the opportunity to create strong family traditions that are not built around drinking, with a few simple steps.
    • Take time to plan and promote non-alcoholic activities for your teens.
    • Consider where alcohol is stocked in your home and make sure it is locked up and monitored to reduce easy access.
    • Have open conversations with your kids about safe drinking behavior and stress that decision-making and judgement are impaired when someone is intoxicated or drunk, and that it is important to know one’s limits. Remind them that drinking and driving is never a safe option and always make sure they have a safe way home.
    • Parents are the most important teachers for their kids; be a positive role model and limit the amount of alcohol you drink.
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