78% of Wyoming high school students have
NOT had alcohol in the past 30 days.
Alcohol Use Among Youth
Alcohol continues to be the most commonly reported substance used among all grade levels. According to the 2018 Wyoming Prevention Needs Assessment, 65% of Wyoming high school seniors have tried alcohol on at least one occasion, however, 78% reported that they have NOT used alcohol in the past 30 days.
Consequences of Underage Drinking
Underage drinking poses a range or risks and negative consequences, including a range of social, emotional, behavioral and health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control, youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience:
• School problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades.
• Social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities.
• Legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk.
• Physical problems, such as hangovers or illnesses.
• Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity.
• Disruption of normal growth and sexual development.
• Physical and sexual assault.
• Higher risk for suicide and homicide.
• Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns, falls, and drowning.
• Memory problems.
• Misuse of other drugs.
• Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects.
• Death from alcohol poisoning.
Our community must send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unacceptable.
Underage drinking is illegal, unsafe, and unhealthy. Allowing teens to consume alcohol sends a mixed message and only adds to their confusion about the acceptability of drinking. It also sends the message to teens that they do not have to obey the law. Our youth deserve to live and grow to adulthood in an environment where alcohol is not misused.
Please follow these safety tips and let’s be unified in our message against underage alcohol use. We must work together to keep our kids safe, healthy and alcohol and drug free!
Tips for Parents:
• Talk to your kids about the dangers of drinking. The sooner you talk to your children about alcohol and other drugs, the greater chance you have of influencing their decisions about drinking and substance use.
• Serve as a positive role model.
• Be present and involved if your teen has a party.
• Get to know your children’s friends and their parents.
• Ask other parents about their policy on alcohol, drugs and tobacco use and send clear messages about your views of keeping youth safe.
• Create and encourage alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens feel welcome.
• Make sure alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen’s friends.
• Refuse to allow or supply alcohol to anyone under 21. As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen’s friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent’s permission.
Talk with your children early and often about alcohol and drug use.
Parents have a significant influence in their children’s decision to experiment with alcohol and other drugs. About 10% of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol, but by age 15, that number jumps to 50 percent. Additionally, by the time they are seniors, almost 70 percent of high school students will have tried alcohol. The sooner you talk to your children about alcohol and other drugs, the greater chance you have of influencing their decisions about drinking and substance use.
Visit the Talk They Hear You campaign to learn more about how to talk to your children about alcohol and other drug use.
What is Excessive Drinking?
Excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any drinking by pregnant women or people younger than age 21.
Binge drinking is defined as consuming 4 or more drinks during a single occasion for women, and 5 or more drinks for men.
Heavy drinking is defined as 8 or more drinks per week for women, and 15 or more drinks per week for men.
What is a “standard” drink?
Although the drinks pictured below are different sizes, each contains approximately the same amount of alcohol and counts as one U.S. standard drink.
Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems.
Watch for upcoming TIPS Trainings! TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is a dynamic, skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking. TIPS gives individuals the knowledge and confidence they need to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies. TiPS Server Training is available locally for FREE through our local Police Department. Contact us for more information or to schedule a TiPS Training.
Community Events Toolkit
Our Community Event Toolkit includes ID scanners, wristbands, signs and information on best practices to keep our community safe. The kit is available to check out to use at any local community events where alcohol is being served. Help keep our community events fun and safe for everyone!
Compliance checks conducted by law enforcement agents can significantly reduce the likelihood of illegal alcohol sales to underage individuals. Our local law enforcement will be conducting ongoing alcohol compliance checks throughout our county.
A note from the Thermopolis Police Department (dated: 12/23/2019)
“Congratulations Thermopolis for a job well done. We would like to thank you as the Alcohol Compliance checks were done and every business did their due diligence with 0 violations! Keep up the good work! We are proud of you in this community!”
Hot Springs County Prevention Coalition
415 Springview / Thermopolis, WY 82443
(307) 864-6520 / firstname.lastname@example.org