Public health and safety experts train law enforcement on underage drinking response, smashing underage drinking parties

DALLAS, September 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Statewide public health experts Texans for Safe and Drug-Free Youth (TxSDY) conducted a training program this week for law enforcement across the state on how to to safely and effectively conduct underage alcohol interventions. The training provides specific strategies for breaking parties where underage drinking occurs, a primary source of underage drinking and dangerous binge drinking. Focused on providing practical tactics, the program is specifically designed for law enforcement to reduce underage drinking and its consequences, including drunk driving.

The event was co-organized by the Texoma HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area); Recovery Resource Council; Region 3 prevention resource centre, at the service of north texas Region; and the North High Plains HEARD Coalition (Helping Every Teen Achieve Their Dreams).

“Law enforcement plays a critical role in reducing underage drinking,” said Nicole HoltCEO of Texans for Safe and Drug-Free Youth. “This training will help provide tools they can use to continue to keep our communities safe. For every party where underage drinking happens – but is stopped – dozens of lives can be changed and , in some cases, saved.”

With back-to-school, football, and Greek pledge season, high school and college students are increasingly faced with high-risk underage drinking situations. High school and college students report that parties are the easiest and most common places to access alcohol. The holidays are also the setting in which excessive drinking is most likely to occur, putting young people at even greater risk of harm. In this context, it is imperative that law enforcement have all the tools possible to protect young people.

Alcohol is the most consumed substance among young people. According to the Texas School Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use, more than half of 7e-12e graders consumed alcohol and 47% reported drinking in the past month, significantly higher than the national rate of 30%. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, nearly 7% of drivers involved in fatal alcohol-related crashes were underage. In total, statewide, there were more than 900 fatal impaired driving crashes resulting in more than 1,000 fatalities last year.

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