Alert Labs Blog - Teens Who “Only Drink Sometimes” are Revealed to be Suffering from Substance Use Disorders of the Same Kind as Teens Who Drink More Often
posted on Jan 21st 2010 at 2:00pm by Dr. Harper
Screening Instruments* included in the ALERT Labs Personal Report of Student Perceptions (PRSP) survey reveal that about 30% of students at Kent County high schools surveyed need further screening through face-to-face intervention and will probably need help in order to quit drinking and/or using marijuana or other drugs. *See CAGE and CRAFFT, www.merfweb.org/resources.php?type_idx=4.
In fact, survey results indicate that nearly all of the students who drink, even those who drink only once in 30 days, gave answers to screening questions that reveal their need for a professional Brief Intervention, like the STARR Program. nbsp;www.alertlabs.org/programs.php?program_id=4 In total, 93% of students who drink need professional intervention.
Did You Know?
Boys, Girls, Sex and Alcohol
Boys are more likely to pursue unprotected sex under the influence of alcohol…50% of Girls who have intercourse before the age of 16 were intoxicated at the time…
Among 8th grade girls who drink heavily,
37% report attempting suicide, compared to 11 percent who do not drink.
Alcohol the Real Date- Rape Drug
This study says women who have lost control or consciousness due to excessive drinking are more likely to be raped. A specific “date-rape drug” is seldom involved.href="http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/49/6/848">British Journal of Criminology Nov. 2009 issue
The MSA Prevention Program has lead to a 56% reduction of unwanted sexual contact consequences for Kent Co. HS students in the selected schools. www.alertlabs.org/accomplishments.php/
Teenage Drinking: It's not a phase all teenagers go through. Schools and parents can prevent it. Over 70% of Students at MSA High Schools in Kent County did NOT drink alcohol in the last 30 days.
CASA* 2009 TEEN SURVEY REVEALS:
IF TEENS SEE PARENT DRUNK, THEY ARE LIKELIER TO GET DRUNK, USE MARIJUANA, SMOKE CIGARETTES.
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Mar 19, 2011
Posters used in MSA schools during the 2010-11 school year are available now under Media. Note that names of the schools have been omitted to protect the schools' identities.
Sep 24, 2010
Sep 18, 2010
"ALERT Labs, in partnership with Kent ISD and others, has been awarded a new, 5-year, $625,000 Drug Free Communities grant to continue the work begun in 2005 with a 5-year, $500,000 grant for the Making Sobriety Attractive (MSA) program.
The work of the MSA program to prevent adolescents alcohol and other drugs use, begun in 2005, will continue and expand to more schools as part of the new "Positive Influences" prevention program.
More details will be released over the next few weeks.
May 1, 2010
April 2010 "Parents Are Heroes" Newsletter Posted.
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Hosting a Drinking Party for Graduating High School Students Can Result in Arrest, Big Fines and Court Costs, MIP’s for the Guests, and Even Tragedy…. The best choice for Graduation Parties is to go alcohol-free, focusing on activities suited for 18-year olds rather than targeting the party to adults.
Mar 28, 2010
- March 2010 "Parents Are Heroes" Newsletter Posted.
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