Monday, March 28, 2011

South Carolina Officers Train to Bust Teen Drinking Parties

Officers from several area law enforcement agencies are getting ready for 2011 "Out of their Hands Campaign."

It will be no April Fools Days on April 1 as officers in South Carolina kick-off the campaign of enforcement and education blitz coordinated by The Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS). The campaign is designed to raise awareness of the dangers of underage alcohol use.

South Carolina officers have been trained on how to effectively break-up parties where underage drinking is involved. During a full day of classes, the officers got review lessons on South Carolina law as it relates to alcohol related offenses and juveniles as well as a crash course on the alcoholic beverages are popular among the underage drinking population today.

Officers were introduced to a host of other issues during the mock party exercise from language barriers and “escapees”, to “fire crews” responding to the party location after someone pulled the “fire alarm.”

Through the statewide “Out of their Hands” campaign, South Carolina's Alcohol Enforcement Teams help direct activities aimed at limiting access to alcohol by young people under the age of 21. The campaign emphasizes that it is against the law for anyone under 21 to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages and sends the message that underage drinking can be dangerous.

Cornerstone Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission of Greenwood representative says:“Ultimately we hope to reduce fatalities among youth in regards to risky decisions and alcohol.”

Besides fatalities related to alcohol use, there is also a concern of young adults becoming addicted to alcohol. Most young adults drink because they learn to associate “drinking” with adult behaviors. One drink turns into more drinks. Alcohol use many times become alcohol abuse or addiction, most young adults are unsure as to how to approach the issue. Also most young adults are not well informed about the potential brain damage, as a result of alcohol use, abuse, and alcohol addiction.

If you are a friend or family member of a young adult struggling with alcohol abuse, call now for help.

Reach out to us. For information on our addiction treatment programs contact us:

Teen Treatment Programs: 1-888-757-6237

Young Adults and Adults Treatment Programs: 1-888-387-6237

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