Underage Drinking – Not a Minor Problem
On April 28, 2014, the Bergen County Prevention Coalition will be hosting a County-Wide Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking. The Bergen County Prevention Coalition has been very active in Hasbrouck Heights in underage drinking awareness, hosting “Sticker Shock“, a program aimed at advising adults that purchasing alcohol for minors is a criminal offense.
Underage drinking is not a new phenomenon, viewed as a transgression between teens and adulthood, but alcohol consumption by young people has increased. Statistics show various shocking details regarding underage drinking:
- 88% of teens under 16 have already been drunk
- young people drink for the first time at ages 11/12 years old
- young people use alcohol more than any other drug, including tobacco
Consumption of alcohol by young people leads to various negative effects:
- Overconfidence and Recklessness
- Lack of Awareness
- Loss of Control
All these factors combined contribute to Motor Vehicles Accidents as the number 1 leading cause of death for individuals under 25 years old.
The Bergen County Prevention Coalition has put together this County-Wide Town Hall Meeting to answer and explain the concerns of parents and citizens. Several speakers will be present for the Meeting, with more speakers invited.
The Event will be held on April 28, 2014 between 7pm – 9pm at the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack. A flyer has been attached for all information.