The Bay County Prevention Network a coalition of organizations is surveying Bay County residents for information on the issue of underage drinking. This survey will provide key information to develop comprehensive strategies. All responses are anonymous (prizes are given based on a code below, which will be announced on our Facebook page).
Adolescence is a period of rapid growth, the brain, nervous system, reproductive systems and liver are all still maturing. This is the time where they are forming a personal identity and want to fit in. Drinking interferes with the mental, emotional and social development.
Alcohol is a chemical depressant which depress the nervous system. People who attempt suicide are often found to have alcohol in their system and it is felt that alcohol helps some people to go through with a suicide attempt. (Dover Youth 2 Youth, Toolkit, 2020)
Of all age groups only the 15-24 year-olds have an increasing death rate. Most of these are drug or alcohol related, of all which are unnatural causes and preventable.
Anyone can get addicted, but the younger someone starts using alcohol the greater the risk. Especially if they have a Family history
Kids do not drink socially-they drink to get buzzed or wasted. The teen party focus more on the alcohol and the other activities. Emphasis is on drinking games and consuming as much as possible.
Please take our community survey to help us prevent underage drinking and adult overconsumption: https://forms.gle/nX3LS6EYH281TwxdA
The Teens Advocating Prevention Committee is a group of Bay County high and middle school youth that are working to create healthy communities. They participate in many activities throughout the year such as putting on a middle school fun night, tying red ribbons on cars at local car dealerships with a 'No Drinking and Driving' message, putting stickers on alcohol containers at local stores to promote not selling/furnishing to people under 21, an annual town hall meeting addressing alcohol problems, writing to law makers, participating in the St. Patrick's Day Parade, doing leadership activities and more.