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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Teens and Alcohol: Not a Good Mix

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Summer is the season for high school graduation celebrations, which may put temptation in front of minors in the form of alcohol or controlled substances such as marijuana.

Parents or other adults hosting such parties are required by a city ordinance to monitor teens’ behavior and to actively discourage alcohol and drug use.

Santee’s Social Host Ordinance, which was amended in February 2010 to increase the penalties for violators, holds parents or other adults responsible for keeping drugs and alcohol away from minors.

Adults who fail to properly supervise parties and allow teens to openly consume drugs or alcohol face a mandatory minimum fine of $1,000.

According to a recent survey of students in the Grossmont High School District, 26 percent of 9th graders and 36 percent of 11th graders admitted they had consumed at least one alcoholic drink in the past 30 days.

The survey also revealed that 8 percent of 9th graders and 15 percent of 11th graders had participated in binge drinking, defined as consuming five or more drinks in rapid succession, on at least three occasions during the previous month.

If you don’t think such parties are a problem, read this recent article in the Union-Tribune.

If you need help to contain an out-of-control party, contact the Sheriff's Department dispatch center at (858) 565-5200.

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