The Tennessean had an excellent article this morning on efforts to fight teenage drinking. Group Tackles Teen Drinking. Recent statistics show the prevalence of underage drinking in Williamson County, and as a result, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition formed last July to combat the issue by bringing together community leaders and organizations in order to combine resources to help youth in Williamson County. I applaud my home county for working on this issue.
According to the 2011 Youth Behavior Risk Factor Survey administered to high school students every odd numbered year by the Tennessee Department of Education, 18.6 percent of high school students in Tennessee reported that they had consumed five or more drinks of alcohol in a row (binge drinking), within a couple of hours, on one or more of the past 30 days.
Anti-Drug Coalition organizers noted the recent arrests of 10 teens accused of underage drinking, and the unrelated arrest of a couple in Brentwood accused of contributing to the delinquency of minors by providing alcohol to teens at their home.
The law does not allow parents to host underaged drinking parties. Too often these kind of parties lead to drunk driving accidents.
As Franklin Police spokesman Sgt. Charles Warner said. "We want to educate and inform parents so that we can avoid the pain and devastation that an arrest can cause. Also, underage drinking can lead to deadly consequences. Mixing alcohol with inexperienced drivers and impaired decision-making skills is a recipe for disaster."