Alamance Citizens for a Drug Free Community
Alamance Citizens for a Drug Free Community​​​​
Prevention of Underage Drinking
Underage alcohol use is everybody’s problem.  And its solution is everybody’s responsibility.
The mission of the The Community Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking is to promote the reduction of underage drinking and other substance use in Alamance Community and surrounding communities through coordinated,
committed and collaborative prevention efforts.


Alcohol is the number one drug of choice among teens and nationally kills more teens than all other drugs combined. In 2017, over one in five high school age students in Alamance County reported using alcohol in the past 30 days and the average age of first use was 13.8.  

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Facts about Underage Drinking

Alcohol is an addictive drug and the third leading prevent table cause of death in the United States.
Alcohol is the leading cause of death among teens costing the nation an estimated $62 billion annually and costing North Carolina citizens an estimated $1.2 billion annually in medical and other expenses.
Alcohol is the drug of choice among teens and kills more teens than all other drugs combined
Few commercial products impose a greater economic burden upon society, a cost that is ultimately borne by taxpayers. Alcohol abuse or misuse is often associated with dangerous criminal behaviors including assaults, sexual assault, rape, robbery, domestic violence, child abuse and property crimes. In addition, premature death from causes attributed to alcohol include but are not limited to homicides, suicide, drowning, fire, falls, motor vehicular or other accidental causes and health failure.
Increasing the alcohol tax, as recommended by the American Medical Association and the national and North Carolina Institute of Medicine, is a “best practice” to prevent underage drinking. Research confirms that an alcohol tax increase does not negatively impact sales among responsible adult drinkers while such an increase tends to reduce consumption among price sensitive teens and alcohol abusive adults.
For teens, there is no such thing as a safe or healthy drink of alcohol. Because of their still-developing brain and body, medical science documents damage to the brain, heart, liver, lungs, circulatory system, alteration of genetic makeup, growth dysfunction, metabolic syndrome and other serious and potentially long-term health conditions.
Delaying the onset of drinking is a life span issue:
97% of alcohol dependant individuals drank before age 21. 
Those who drink before age 15 are four times more likely than those who wait until age 21 become alcohol dependant.
Factors in adolescent's environment affect both the appeal of alcohol and its availability. Among these factors are the social systems with which teens function and with which they interact. Examples of these social systems are parents, friends, family, schools and the community. The media and the larger social culture, including how alcohol is marketed and portrayed, also contribute to alcohol's appeal to young people.
The 2007 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking guides communities to “…..change how we all think, talk, and act when it comes to underage drinking. We need to stop accepting it and to start discouraging it. It’s time to help young people understand that it is not okay for them to drink alcohol. The discussion needs to start long before youth start thinking about drinking.”
According to the 2010 PRIDE Survey conducted in the Alamance-Burlington School System, 20% of 9th graders and 37% of 12th graders reported using alcohol in the past 30 days. Middle school students who used alcohol reported their first use at age 10. High school students who used alcohol reported their first use at age 13.


Alcohol and Other Dangers
Alcohol misuse or abuse is often associated with dangerous behaviors such as assaults, sexual assault, robbery, domestic violence, unintended pregnancies, child abuse and property crimes. It is often a contributing factor to premature death by homicide, suicide, drowning, fire, motor vehicle or health failure.  Alcohol is also as a risk factor for cancer and is directly attributed to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Few commercial products impose a greater economic burden upon society, a cost ultimately borne by taxpayers.
For teens there is no such thing as a safe drink of alcohol because of the still developing brain and body.  Research shows that young people who start drinking before the age of fifteen are five times more likely to have alcohol-related problems later in life and a child of an alcoholic parent is four times more likely to become an alcoholic.
Children who live in substance abusing homes or who have friends that abuse alcohol and other drugs are at much greater risk of using or becoming drug dependent. Risk factors can be countered with protective factors: youth who engage in positive activities, are connected to consistent, reliable adults in the home, school, and community, drug education for parents and prevention programs for children as young as preschool. 
Strategies utilized by the coalition include conducting alcohol purchase surveys and Responsible Seller Training with local retailers, coordinating a multijurisdictional law enforcement team that implements county-wide alcohol compliance checks and other alcohol and drug enforcement operations, implementing social marketing campaigns with the goal of changing community norms, providing community education and awareness activities as well as advocacy efforts aimed at changing, increasing or developing policies, practices and laws that impact the problem. The Alamance County Youth Advisory Council (ACYAC) is a group of high school students that meet twice monthly to focus on underage drinking. Using their training in leadership, public speaking, advocacy, and media literacy, they serve as peer leaders and community educators in conducting speaking engagements, planning community campaigns, implementing Town Hall Events and advocating for policies and laws that address underage drinking at the local and state level. 
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