Underage Drinking – Changing the Culture Climate
HPDICE received a stipend through the U.S Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to conduct an event on the Prevention of underage drinking. HPDICE serves the Hilton Parma area however to help expand the message beyond the Hilton Parma Community, reached out to The Villa of Hope, Greece and Spencerport High Schools inviting them to participate. Project Sticker Shock was held April 24 – May 5 where 61 students placed 4,250 lime green warning stickers on alcohol products at participating retailers. The stickers remind customers that it is a crime to purchase, serve or provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. “Our retailers do a great job of carding purchasers. This effort is meant to go a step further at keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors”, said Stephanie Dawson, the Villa of Hope Prevention Coordinator.
In 2017, Monroe County’s Youth Risk Behavior Assessment reported:- 11% of youth had their first alcohol drink before the age of 13- 15% engaged in binge drinking one or more times during the past month- 27% had at least 1 alcohol drink within the last month where 40% were given the alcohol by someone else, 19% took it from home and 17% gave someone else money to buy it for them.
The Prevention Team that helped to plan and coordinate the event at multiple locations included Stephanie Dawson and Aimee Fedele from The Villa of Hope, Jillian Peer from Hilton Schools, Kate Zobkiw and Doug Hanson from Spencerport Schools and Stephanie Rago from Greece Schools.
We sincerely appreciate and Thank the following retailers for participating in this important event, TOPS Mt. Read, TOPS Hilton, TOPS Spencerport, Dells Market & Deli, North Greece Grocery, Crosbys Parma, Island Cottage Rd Mobil Station.
Youth, Young Adults and Adults participating in the event represented the Spencerport Driver Education Class, Service Learning Internship Program, The Villa of Hope, Mike Giruzzi Hilton Athletic Director, Hilton Boys and Girls Lacrosse Teams & Girl Scouts, Kathy Graupman, Greece CSD Superintendent, Dave Richardson Principal Athena High School, Athena Varsity Baseball and Greece Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team.
Stephanie Rago shared, “It was a great event. Both the kids and adults really enjoyed it!”
“With prom and graduation season upon us, it is imperative for parents to be aware of the increased risk of teen alcohol parties occurring and the potential dangers that accompany those alcohol-fueled gatherings. Simply taking away the car keys does not solve all the problems related to underage drinking”, reminded Jillian Peer.
Prevention Coordinators discussed the dangers of underage drinking with their youth teams and how this campaign can benefit their communities.
“I am so excited to be partnering with these other schools.” said Laurie Polatas HPDICE Project Coordinator. “Together, we are working to raise awareness that underage drinking is a crime and that there are legal consequences for providing alcohol to minors. We hope this event will highlight and encourage more partnerships between community organizations, youth, retail establishments, law enforcement, and other community members to reduce underage drinking in our community.”