March 26, 2007
Residents are invited to help the County
"Keep Our Future Growing: End Underage Drinking." That's the theme of
Alcohol Awareness Month for April 2007.
Mecklenburg County's Area Mental Health Department's
Fighting Back program, along with Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS) and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Drug Free Coalition, are working together to promote events during Alcohol Awareness Month. Click
for a calendar of events.
According to the recent Centers for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior report, more than 30 percent of students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools have access to alcohol from home, and most students ages 12-14 have consumed alcohol in the last month. Alcohol is the number one drug of choice among young people. Ninety percent of all US deaths for people under 21 are due to car accidents, and of those, 70 percent are alcohol-related. Youth DWI offenses continue to persist. In 2005, more than 6,000 DWI charges were issued in Mecklenburg County, of that at least 20 percent were under the age of 21 years of age.
Several agencies and organizations throughout Mecklenburg County will unite together during the month of April to conduct a series of month-long awareness campaigns, educational seminars and youth events aimed at educating youth and families on the harmful effects of alcohol and underage drinking.
Fighting Back partners with Mecklenburg County neighborhoods, schools, agencies, businesses and faith-based groups in the development and implementation of strategies to prevent, reduce or eliminate substance abuse. Fighting Back provides substance abuse prevention and education training, technical assistance to neighborhoods and youth leadership development.