Schuyler County, in an effort to curb underage drinking, is emphasizing awareness during the holiday season. The Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD) conducts annual surveys among the youth to understand trends and sources of alcohol consumption.
Officials there highlighted a concerning finding: The primary source of alcohol for underage individuals is often their own homes, obtained without parental consent.
In response, they urge parents to secure alcohol in their homes to prevent access by minors. This initiative is part of a broader effort to address the risks associated with underage drinking, including increased susceptibility to peer pressure.
Other health officials say the long-term risks of underage drinking are significant, noting that children who start drinking before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol use disorders as adults.
This can lead to lifelong struggles with addiction.
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