Douglass Raises Awareness Among Parents

1 decade 1 year 6 months ago Wednesday, March 28 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:12:37 PM CDT March 28, 2007 in News

The Youth Community Coalition proclaims the message: "Start Talking Before They Start Drinking." A message that could have helped now 21-year-old Andy Jasper.

"I started drinking and using when I was about 15 or 16 and to be honest for the next five years it pretty much defined my life," Jasper explained.

The Youth Community Coalition proclaims the message: "Start Talking Before They Start Drinking." A message that could have helped now 21-year-old Andy Jasper.

"I started drinking and using when I was about 15 or 16 and to be honest for the next five years it pretty much defined my life," Jasper explained.Jasper's been sober for about a year now and participated in this town hall meeting at Douglass High School. The meeting's goal was to create awareness of the underage drinking problem.

"We're looking at the impact underage drinking has on families and on community members and how to empower parents to talk to their children about underage drinking as young as fifth grade," said Coalition Chairperson Heather Windham.

Nationally, underage drinking contributes to the deaths of 5,000 minors each year. Nineteen hundred of those deaths involve traffic accidents, while 1,600 result from homicides.

Jasper hopes his story will inspire minors as he plans on finishing school and becoming a substance abuse counselor.

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