LOOKING FOR TOOLS TO HELP THROW A SAFE PARTY FOR YOUTH?
Our "Hosting Safe Parties" campaign is here to help!
Parties are an important part of teenagers’ lives; they are a way to socialize, relax, connect and entertain. Unfortunately, a poorly planned party can result in unwanted consequences; sometimes tragic. This campaign is designed to help throw a successful party and avoid potential problems.
- Inform individuals of the Wright County Social Host ordinance;
- Equip parents with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to host a safe and responsible social gathering where alcohol may be present; and
- Deter underage individuals from taking part in alcohol consumption
"No Boozy Fun" stickers for coolers, etc. at events.
Deter youth from drinking underage and empower parents to take a stance against it at social gatherings. Whether placed on a cooler with alcoholic contents or put out in the open to make it known you don’t support underage drinking.
Listed on the stickers and magnets is the Wright County Social Host ordinance #12-02 which details potential misdemeanor charges to any person(s) who hosts or knowingly allows an event or gathering to take place at any residence, premises or on any other private or public property in the county.
Follow these tips to ensure the event you are hosting is covered.
Youth, including those approaching the legal drinking age may not be aware of the risks associated with drinking alcohol and see it as a right of passage to adulthood. However, studies show that Research shows that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are at a higher risk for developing alcohol use disorder later in life. (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction, www.niaaa.nih.gov)
SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You” campaign states those that consume alcohol underage are more likely to;
- Use drugs – frequent binge drinkers are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, including using other drugs such as marijuana and cocaine.
- Get bad grades – children who use alcohol have higher rates of academic problems and poor school performance compared with nondrinkers.
- Suffer injury or death – many serious injuries and nonfatal violent crimes were attributed to underage drinking.
- Engage in risky sexual activity – young people who use alcohol are more likely to be sexually active at earlier ages, to have sexual intercourse more often, and to have unprotected sex.
- Make bad decisions – drinking lowers inhibitions and increases the chances that children will engage in risky behavior or do something that they will regret when they are sober.
- Have health problems – young people who drink are more likely to have health issues such as depression and anxiety