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Stratford Data

Prevention Works

The Facts

In 2016, 9-12th grade students in Stratford were surveyed.* The results revealed:
  • 24% reported past 30 day use of alcohol
  • 15% have used marijuana during the past 30 days
  • 15% reported binge drinking (more than 4 drinks in a row) in the past 2 weeks
  • 40% reported attending one or more parties (in the last 12 months) where other kids were drinking
  • 28% reported riding in a car (in the last 12 months) whose driver has been drinking
  • 5% reported driving a car (in the last 12 months) after drinking
*Search Institute Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behavior Survey, 2016

Alcohol, Marijuana & Youth Don’t Mix.

Underage drinking and marijuana use is known to increase risks including:
  • Unplanned and/or Unprotected Sex
  • Poor Academic Performance
  • Poor Athletic Performance
  • Fighting and/or Violence
  • Delinquency
  • Injuries
  • Sexual Assaults
  • Alcohol Poisoning
  • Other Drug Use
  • Addiction
  • Suicide

What Can You Do?


Most teens don’t drink or use marijuana—find friends who think like you, and stick together.

Keep busy—get involved with groups and activities.

Plan your escape—decide with your parents and friendshow you’ll refuse alcohol and marijuana to exit a dangerous or uncomfortable situation.

Speak up—talk to someone if you’re concerned about yourself or a friend.

Use the online Tip Line/ Suggestion Form to anonymously report any dangerous activity.

For Bunnell High students, go to:

For Stratford High students, go to:


Know that YOU are the biggest influence on your teen.

Talk Early and Talk Often with your child about the physical, social, emotional, & legal consequences of underage drinking and marijuana use.

Set clear rules to discourage underage drinking and marijuana use, and enforce the consequences.

Try to have as many meals together as a family as possible.

Talk to your kids about choosing friends wisely.

Secure all alcohol and prescription medication in your home.

Work with your kids to decide on refusal and exit strategies.

Monitor your child’s activities.

Talk to other parents about your rules and expectations.

Be a positive role model in your own decisions around alcohol.
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