Teens aim to educate peers about the dangers of alcohol

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Jan. 30, 2014

Teens from Glastonbury will be presenting a discussion on the dangers of alcohol aimed at educating their peers, as well as parents, about some of the less-obvious dangers of drinking. The Glastonbury Youth Advisory Council – comprised of eighth- through 12th-graders, has been working on the program since the beginning of the school year and hopes it will impact teens in attendance and that the messages will spread via word of mouth. The premise is that alcohol may be portrayed in the media as “cool” or “sexy,” but those words are far from the truth.

Glastonbury Youth and Family Services' Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Emily Dickinson said the presentation was developed entirely by the teens, and it contains a lot of visuals. “It's talking about all the different risks involved with alcohol use,” Dickinson said, “especially the ones kids don't think about a lot.”

Those risks include depression, the reduction of learning ability and making one more prone to violence.

“It's extremely informative,” Dickinson said. “They have put together a very professional presentation.”

After the presentation, the YAC members will form a panel, and have an interactive discussion with the audience. The hope is that many teens will attend, because it has been shown that peer-to-peer is an effective way to educate teens about drug and alcohol use.

“We'd love for kids to come with their parents and families, because it will be very informative for adults, as well,” Dickinson said.

“The Truth about Alcohol” will take place Feb. 13, at 6 p.m., at the Riverfront Community Center. Dinner will be served.

For more information, contact Emily Dickinson at emily.dickinson@glastonbury-ct.gov.

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