RENO, NV - According to the Centers for Disease Control, alcohol is the drug most commonly abused by US teens, leading to more than 4300 deaths each year. That's why a town hall meeting taking place this weekend is aimed at educating parents about the problem. "We're going to be giving parents some cues on what to look for in a child that may be drinking," explains Executive Director of ACCEPT, Gwen Taylor.
ACCEPT and The Northern Nevada Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Families are working together to host the event at Greater Light Christian Center (2400 W 7th Street, Reno) at 3:00 PM Sunday.
Citing statistics from the state's Youth Risk Behavior Survey from 2013, Taylor says nearly 70% of high school students admit to drinking at least once. 33% of students said they'd had a drink within 30 days of taking the survey. Taylor wants kids to know how dangerous that can be for they health and their future.
According to information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, you should begin talking to your kids about the effects of drinking around age nine. Taylor says the Town Hall meeting will provide tools to start the conversation. The event is open to students and parents alike. "We definitely want to get the young people here because there's going to be a lot of good information about underage drinking and what it does to the brain, the consequences of drinking too early, and the consequences of drinking period," says Taylor.
For more information about underage drinking check out the links to the right.