Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition supports the “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign
Families can help reduce underage drinking
The end of the school year is fast approaching, which means families are making plans to celebrate the many milestones their children will achieve. Whether celebrating students for receiving their drivers’ license, attending their first prom or graduating from high school, families are anticipating fun-filled moments to help mark their children’s successes.
The Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition (FBCPC) appreciates families taking time to celebrate their children, but reminds parents and caregivers to play it safe and avoid social hosting during their celebrations. Social hosting, known as “The Cool Mom Law,” is when adults knowingly allow a minor (who is not their own child) to consume alcohol or use other drugs within their private residence, land or secured property. Social hosting can also take place when adults are not on the premises and did not provide the alcohol, but allowed the party to take place.
Families can teach children about the dangers of alcohol by joining the FBCPC in promoting the “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children – particularly ages 9 to 15 – about the dangers of alcohol.
“Results of the 2013 Monitoring the Future Survey indicated that 33 percent of eighth-graders and 70 percent of twelfth-graders in the U.S. have tried alcohol at some point in their lives,” said Susan Harris, FBISD Safe and Drug-Free Schools Counselor and Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition Member. “The statistics are alarming and should be addressed. The Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition recognizes the importance of providing parents with knowledge and tools to help them start the conversation about alcohol use with their children. When parents know about underage alcohol use, they can protect their children from many of the high-risk behaviors associated with it.”
To learn more about the “Talk. They Hear You.” campaign, visit the website at www.samhsa.gov/underagedrinking/. The SAMHSA provides resources and an interactive tool to help parents learn the “Do’s and Don’ts” of talking to youth about underage drinking. The tool utilizes avatars to help families introduce the topic of alcohol to their youth and learn what questions to ask.
About the Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition
The Fort Bend Community Prevention Coalition (FBCPC) was created by Fort Bend ISD’s Safe and Drug-Free Schools division and the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. The coalition is comprised of individuals and organizations that support drug-free youth. The coalition’s mission is to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse by building healthy school and community environments. Coalition members represent 12 sectors of the community, including civic or volunteer, community, business, government, healthcare, media, parents, religious, school, youth-serving, and other organizations involved in reducing substance abuse.
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