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Letter: Pledge to reduce teenage drinking

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From: Eric Riddle


Received: April 18

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Recent tragedies that went viral at unsupervised parties in Saratoga, Calif., and Steubenville, Ohio, remind parents that providing and/or allowing alcohol to be consumed on their property can have negative consequences, including incarceration and rape.

Annually, more than 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related injuries and thousands more are injured. Alcohol is more likely to kill young people than all other illegal drugs combined.

This month, BCSC students will be taking the biannual Indiana Prevention Resource Center survey.

In 2011, 24 percent of BCSC senior students reported binge drinking (five or more drinks in one sitting) two weeks before the IPRC survey. Perhaps more alarming, 7 percent of BCSC sixth-graders reported binge drinking.

With prom and graduation approaching, parents will be tempted to host parties with alcohol for their underage children.

Unfortunately, parents are often involved in youth acquiring alcohol and/or providing a location for alcohol to be consumed.

To help protect families, the Foundation for Youth has created two Party SAFE pledges, one for parents and one for teenagers.

The Party SAFE pledge encourages parents and teenagers to socialize with “substance abuse free entertainment.”

The Parent Pledge states: “To support the health of my child, I will not provide or allow my child or his/her friends to consume alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs on my property.” To sign the Parent Pledge, visit the ColumbusCTC Facebook page or email eric@foundation

The Teen Pledge is on the Party SAFE Facebook page.

Eric Riddle is on the staff of the Foundation for Youth.

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