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Keep alcohol out of your child’s hands

Jan 23, 2015

By STACEY FIELDING
Standard-Examiner correspondent

WASHINGTON TERRACE — Let’s keep alcohol away from teenagers. Simple task, right?

What can be simple — and something that could make all the difference in the world — is to have an open conversation, and set boundaries and rules, with our children before they enter junior high school. That was part of the message Thursday night at Bonneville High School as part of a Parents Empowered discussion.

Jeanette Herbert, First Lady of Utah, spoke on behalf of the campaign and said “some children start binge drinking during the sixth grade, and parents usually talk with them two years too late.”

According to the 2007 SHARP Survey prepared by Bach Harrison, L.L.C., which was displayed at the event, approximately 78 percent of children whose parents affirmatively assert an “absolutely no” approach to underage drinking will choose to never consume alcohol in their lifetime.

“Parental involvement is really the key,” Herbert said. “When a child feels safe in their home they will automatically start to bond with their parents, and then when the time comes for the parents to talk to their kids about not drinking they will be more receptive to their parents’ stance and ground rules.”

Many of us may not realize that some children in junior high may be consuming alcohol, but it may be safe to say most teens will be introduced to alcohol or hear about it once they enter high school.

Deputy Chad Allen, Resource Officer at Bonneville High, said alcohol consumption has upward spirals and downward spirals. Unfortunately, he believes underage drinking is on the incline right now.

“There have been incidents here at BHS where students have come to school drinking, or intoxicated,” Allen said. “I don’t think underage drinking will ever go away, but I think bringing awareness to the parents and community can really help.”

Allen talked about the new mixing of drinks (energy drinks with alcohol) have been a big reason for the increase in alcohol use. “I think all the new drinks that are being made these days adds a element of curiosity,” Allen said. “Overall, underage drinking has been a real big problem.”

Luke Bodensteiner, Executive Vice President of athletics for the U.S. Ski Team, said he oversees more than 200 athletes while they are away from their parents for weeks and months at a time.

“It is amazing to see how my athletes look up to their parents, imitate them without trying, and seek for their approval,” Bodensteiner said. “Sometimes parents don’t believe their child looks up to them, trust me I witness it everyday, they do.”

For that reason, many of the panelists said, parents play a big role in their child’s future choices. It is never too early to set ground rules, be open for conversation, and let your child know that alcohol use/abuse can damage in their life.

“There are many reasons the legal age is 21,” Herbert said. “I applaud the underage teens who choose not to drink, it’s one of the best decisions you will ever make in your life.”

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Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference 2014

Sep 24, 2014

The Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference continues to be the premier educational and networking event in the Mountain West. You are cordially invited to network with your colleagues, as you learn from preeminent national and local leaders in the Substance Abuse field. Choose your learning track, whether it is treatment, justice, prevention or family services. There is something for every professional in the field. The Utah Fall Substance Abuse Conference is sponsored by the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. The conference is held at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George, Utah in September.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Friday, September 26, 2014

Featured Speakers:

Richard Catalano, Ph.D., Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Director of the Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, University of Washington

Gabriella Grant, Masters of Arts in Policy Studies, Director, California Center of Excellence for Trauma Informed Care

Tom Hill, MSW, Senior Associate, Altarum Institute

David Hawkins, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Treatment Research Institute

Tom McClellan, Ph.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Treatment Research Institute

Click here to register.

For more information, please visit ufsac.org

International FASD Awareness Day

Sep 9, 2014

Please help raise awarenss of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders by gathering with the community to support families and individuals affected by this preventable disorder.

When: September 9, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Utah State Capitol in SLC

Every year on September 9, Internationl FASD Awareness Day is observed in countries, states, provinces, and towns all around the world. Proclamations are issued, words of encouragment are spoken, and the public is educated. Bells ring out at 9:09 a.m. in every time zone from Alaska to New Zealand, while people gather at events designed to raise awarenss about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with FASD.

The first FASD Awareness Day was observed on 9/9/99. Every year since, awareness about FASD is raised on the ninth day of the ninth month so that the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. FASD is 100 percent preventable.

Sponsored by the Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition, utahfetalalcohol.org

City Hall Seminar in West Haven to Discuss the Dangers of Underage Drinking

Aug 16, 2014

ParentsEmpowered campaign discusses the dangers of underage drinking at a seminar hosted by Mayor Sharon Bolos of West Haven.

When: Thursday, August 16

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: City Hall, 4150 S 3900 W

Who: Parents and Teenagers

Click here for more information.

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