Parents can help police prevent teen drinking
This time of year brings lots of opportunities for teens to celebrate. Unfortunately, many times these celebrations end in tragedy because the party was fueled by alcohol provided by an adult.
This year, FACES (Families And Communities Encouraging Success) Coalition Kewaunee County wants teens (and their parents) to celebrate prom and graduation safely without alcohol.
Now through June, coalition members and the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department are raising awareness about the health and safety risks of adults serving alcohol at teen parties. The “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” campaign includes public events and educational displays around the community.
It is illegal for adults to purchase, pour, or provide alcohol for anyone under age 21 who isn’t their child or spouse. Parents can’t provide “permission” for an adult to purchase, pour or provide alcohol to their children.
Adults who purchase, pour or provide alcohol to teens are placing both the teen and themselves in jeopardy. FACES will be working with police officers to identify and prosecute those who sell and serve alcohol to youths.
Here are some tips for adults (especially parents) on how to avoid being a party to teenage drinking.
• Don’t be afraid to be the bad guy. Taking a tough stand on alcohol use can help youths say no when they are pressured to drink by their friends.
• Talk with other adults about hosting alcohol-free youth events. Unity creates a tough, enforceable message.
• Set a positive example. If you host a party, always serve alternative nonalcoholic beverages and do not let anyone drink and drive.
• Stay home if a teen is hosting a party in your home. Observe the activities and confiscate any alcohol that may brought by party goers.
• Report underage drinking to the police promptly.
The “Parents Who Host, Lose The Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking” campaign was developed by the Drug Free Action Alliance. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has partnered with the Drug Free Action Alliance since 2009 to provide this program each year to more than 40 community groups statewide.
FACES Kewaunee County is a coalition of health, human services, school and law enforcement members, and parents, teens and community members. For more, call Scott Gartzke at 920-388-7030, email [email protected], or go to the “Kewaunee County FACES” Facebook page.
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