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San Ramon town hall to focus on preventing underage drinking

Original post made on May 20, 2014

Local advocates against underage drinking are set to host a town hall meeting at Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon Tuesday night (May 20) to discuss strategies for preventing youths from consuming alcohol.

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Posted by JT
a resident of Danville
on May 20, 2014 at 6:59 am

Agree that alcohol as the gateway drug needs proper education for all youth. So I like the idea of education as a tool to reducing underage drinking. Remember that "underage" is a loose term. It is OK to go to war and kill people, to vote for the president, but it is against the law to drink responsibly.
That said, how many parents educate their own kids on drinking. Like how many beers, or how many shots, does it take to get to various states. How many parents tell their kids that drinking is not allowed, so then the kids structure their lives hiding it from their parents?
My line was if you ever drink and drive you will never drive one of my cars again. That worked. But I have to wonder did that put them in cars where some other drunk idiot was driving? So I said if you are ever in doubt, just call me... and they did. The problem is, no matter what approach we take, it does not eliminate the risk. So does a prevention program eliminate all the risks? No. An education program reduces the risks to be sure, but parents need to be the MAJOR part of the equation. One has to ask, what kind of example do we set. Do we drink and drive? Do our kids see us arriving home after a night of drinking. While they don't necessarily see parents drinking in that situation, they can certain extrapolate... they have seen you drinking with other people at home or at family friends, and figure you are doing it when you go out to a party or a dinner etc. So honesty is probably good. Like I did drink tonight, but I kept the number of drinks to three over the whole night.
I have seen many, many parent, drink a lot in Danville and Alamo and get in a car and drive home. Now mind you, highly likely that many were over the DUI limit however parents going fast and crashing is not a huge problem when driving home short distances. So they make that choice, I wouldn't. But the kids see this.
Think of it... What are the kids seeing? witnessing? Are we discussing honestly what they see. Perhaps it is time to start educating the parents as well...


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Posted by MT
a resident of Danville
on May 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

JT - I liked what you had to say and will take it to heart. I have an 8 year old daughter, just one child, and everything you mentioned is like a giant snowball waiting to roll down that big hill. I think about it everyday. I will attend seminars on this subject starting now!