Friday, February 19, 2010

Underage drinking in Genesee County has dropped over the last 5 years

Prevention efforts to decrease teen age drinking in Genesee County are working.

Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA) began administering the Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA) Survey every two years to 6th-12th grade students in Genesee and Orleans Counties in 2000.

We have been successful implementing strategies to reduce underage and binge drinking over the last four to five years.

In Genesee County, the rate for 30-day use of alcohol has decreased from 26.7% in 2004 to 23.2% in 2008.

Binge drinking rates have decreased from 16.2% in 2004 to 13.8% in 2008.

What is making the difference?

The Genesee County Drug Free Communities Coaltion is having an impact. We see progress. There is still a ways to go.

This is article #1 in series on Underage Drinking.

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