SAMHSA Sponsors Town Hall Meetings to Coincide with Alcohol Awareness Month

Although these meetings are focused on spreading awareness and education the community, there are also ways to be proactive in underage drinking prevention. Join your community’s efforts to recognize and implement evidence-based prevention methods. Simply visit the Find a Meeting page on the Town Hall Meeting website to find an event near you.

According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, one in four young people from the ages of 12 to 20 reported alcohol use during 2012. A survey from Monitoring the Future finds that 22.1% of eighth grade students reported using alcohol during 2013, and 8.4% reported having been drunk. The survey also found that 62% had used during their senior year of high school, and 43.5% reported having been drunk. In college, approximately 60% of students drink regularly, and 40% binge drink.

Often more compelling than the percentages and statistics are the negative affects of underage drinking. Among the costly consequences are brain impairment, alcohol dependence, academic problems, irresponsible sexual activity, injury, and death from alcohol poisoning. Tragically, approximately 4,700 youth die from alcohol-related causes each year.

During the month of April, young people will go on Spring Break vacation, attend prom, and other end-of-term celebrations where students are most likely to feel pressured to drink. It is during this month that understanding the risks associated with underage drinking and acting to prevent those consequences is so vital.

For more information on how to get help for someone abusing alcohol or any other drugs, contact Decision Point Center today.