Coalition opportunity to stop youth from drinking and drunk use - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Coalition opportunity to stop youth from drinking and drunk use

According to government records, about 5,000 kids, under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking, every year.

 Teresa Alvarado is from Starcare, and they are leading a coalition to help fight alcohol and drug abuse among our youth.  She says it's a problem they're seeing in kids as young as 12, many of whom say alcohol is easy to get.  

"They tell us, 'We get it from mom, we get it from dad, we get it from my uncle or my older sister, my older brother'. And so as the brain develops mobility, memory, just general, being able to make healthy decisions later on in life, um, those cells might not be available for them when they're 25, because they killed the cells drinking alcohol or doing drugs before the age of 25, before their brain was developed all the way."      

 If you'd like to get involved in this coalition to prevent drug and alcohol abuse in our youth, parents and young people are invited to attend a first meeting this Monday, May 19th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Virginia College Building at 5005 50th street, near slide.

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