Talk Early, Talk Often
To Prevent Underage Drinking and Marijuana Use
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
Develop an Exit Strategy
Before your teen experiences a situation that involves alcohol or marijuana, help him or her prepare mentally and emotionally to respond.
Having direct conversations about the importance of standing up to people who might offer alcohol or marijuana who urge others to drink or smoke DOES help.
- Suggested Exit Strategies: “No thanks, I don’t drink / smoke”
- “My parents just called, they’re coming to pick me up soon”
- Have a ‘safe code text’ with someone who will come to pick you up
Remember exit strategies work best with peers when delivered with humor.
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
- Sexual Assaults
- Alcohol Poisoning
- Other Drug Use