Montgomery Counties Underage Drinking Problem
A Quince Orchard High School staff member was recently accused of attending a private graduation party where high school aged students openly consumed alcohol, according to Montgomery County Public Schools.
A staff member drinking with students is obviously shocking and wrong, but then why is it okay for parents to allow their underage children to drink? Why do some parents host parties or buy their kids beer? If we think its wrong that a teacher is doing it, why don’t we cringe when it is our son’s friend’s mom? Shouldn’t that be just as shocking to us? Underage drinking is a huge problem, not just for adolescents, but for adults as well. Many adults feed into the idea that “if its under my roof at least I know they are safe.” Which is illegal and can cause huge legal problems, as well as contribute to the idea that alcohol is not a dangerous drug.
5.1 million adolescents have reported binge drinking at least once in the past month. Binge drinking is dangerous and can lead to alcohol poisoning and death. The CDC estimates that alcohol plays a part in the deaths of 4,358 adolescents each year- from vehicle accidents and alcohol poisoning to homicide and suicide. Drinking is dangerous. It is not a “safer” drug, it is not “okay under your roof.” If you are an adult that allows adolescents to drink, you could be putting them at risk for developing alcohol dependence. If you or someone you care about is struggling with alcohol, the time to get help is now. Don’t wait, reach out for help today.