Alcohol Use and Abuse
NATIONAL DRUG FACTS WEEK(NDFW) is a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse. UPC's Youth Council is taking part, along with nearly 1,000 community organizations across the United States. The special event in Fairfax County is the Jan. 29 "Change for Change" event at West Potomac High School's doubleheader basketball games against Mount Vernon High School. Read the press release for more information.
BLACK WEDNESDAY: Don't Drink and Drive This Holiday Kickoff
"Black Wednesday" is the night before Thanksgiving. Its ominous name comes from blacking out from drinking too much alcohol. For many students, particularly college students, it is the day they gather with friends before the family holiday celebrations begin.
Parents Who Host, Lose the Most!
The Parents Who Host, Lose the Most (PWH) public education campaign begins its seventh year in 2013 and seeks to educate parents about Virginia underage drinking laws and facts associated with teen drinking. The campaign has been recognized yearly by a resolution issued by the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board and proclamation issued by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. May is Parents Who Host, Lose the Most month in Fairfax County each year.
Tis the Season To Talk With Your Teens
About Drinking And Drugs
It's the holiday season when family and friends gather to celebrate together. It's also a time when many teens find the opportunity and access to experiment and use alcohol and other drugs. Many teens report that they obtain the alcohol they drink from their parents, friends' parents, siblings, or older friends, with or without permission.
What’s the biggest risk factor for underage drinking?
By Dr. Claire McCarthy | Globe Correspondent | January 14, 2013
Adapted from the MD Mama blog on Boston.com.
Do you know what the biggest risk factor for underage drinking is?
It’s having a best friend who drinks.
I read an interesting article in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about ways to predict when adolescents will have their first drink of alcohol. Read full article
"Perils of the College Drinking Culture” Forum Returns in 2012
The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) invites county high schools to join in a collaborative effort to plan and host a "Perils of the College Drinking Culture" forum for graduating seniors to prepare them and their parents for what they will face at college related to underage and binge drinking. The first program of 2012 was held at McLean High School on Jan. 11, 2012. View UPC Press Release, FCPS Press Release and Flier information. View newspaper article covering this event.
NIAA College Fact Sheet: Underage College Drinking: A Significant Public Health Problem
According to a 4-page College Drinking fact sheet (April 2012) published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), abusive and underage college drinking is a significant public health problem, and such drinking exacts an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives of college students across the United States. The fact sheet summarizes recent statistics on the consequences of drinking among college students and recommendations for addressing college drinking.