LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Student worries about underage drinking problem

Dear Editor,

I am worried about our underage drinking problem in Schuyler County. I learned a lot about underage drinking at a Lead and Seed training I recently attended. According to the most current Schuyler County data 47.7% of 7th through 12th grade students report using alcohol at some point in their life and 15% report using it in the past 30 days. Most kids who drink alcohol begin doing it in 7th and 8th grade. That is way too young and totally illegal. Not to mention kids who begin drinking alcohol before they are 15 are 5 times more likely to have alcohol problems as an adult.

The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) and Schuyler Teens against Alcohol, Nicotine, and other Drugs (STAND) would like to remind everyone that providing alcohol to kids under the age of 21 is illegal. I would also like to let all kids know that drinking when you are not 21 is illegal and totally bad for your brain. Your brain may not develop how it is supposed to if you drink alcohol when you are a kid.

I want people to learn more about the danger of underage drinking and what they can do if they do have a drinking problem. Along with SCCUDD, the students from STAND are going to continue to inform the community about underage drinking.

If you or someone you know needs help because of underage alcohol use or you would like more information you can contact the Finger Lakes Area Counseling & Recovery Agency (FLACRA) online at https://www.flacra.org or by phone 315-462-9466 or the Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes online at http://councilonalcoholismfingerlakes.org or by phone 315-789-0310.

For more information, or to become involved with SCCUDD, visit SCCUDD online at www.schuylercounty.us/sccudd, or follow SCCUDD on Facebook and Twitter.

Merissa Green
Student at Bradford CSD

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