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Alcohol And Assault Discussion Set For April 6

 

April 3, 2017



In honor of April being both Alcohol Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the community is invited to join a “Community Conversation” to discuss issues and solutions involving alcohol and violence, underage alcohol use and consent.

Sponsored by the C.A.R.E. Coalition, SAFE, and the Brevard College Criminal Justice Honors Society, this meeting is intended for both college students and community members. The event will be held on April 6 at 6 p.m. at the Board of Elections meeting room at 150 S. Gaston St. in downtown Brevard.

Criminal justice students will present information about alcohol and its effects on domestic violence and sexual assault. A panel of local experts will comment on related issues in our community. Then community members will be able to participate in discussion groups for problem solving moderated by the panelists. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

There are many consequences to alcohol abuse, especially among youth. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 88,000 people die each year from alcohol-related causes. Among these deaths are 1,825 college students ages 18-24. Approximately 97,000 students ages 18-24 experience alcohol-related sexual assault and 696,000 experience violence from another student who has been drinking.

“Alcohol remains the number one date rape drug in our area, and the vast majority of physical and sexual assaults on college campuses across the country involve cases where the defendant, victim, or both were impaired at the time of the offense,” according to Benjamin R. David, district attorney for New Hanover and Pender counties.

Alcohol use by teens is one of the strongest predictors of teen injury, fighting, academic problems, truancy, unprotected sexual activity, unwanted sexual advances, illegal activity and other illicit drug use. At least one person per week dies because of underage drinking. Brain areas that encourage impulsivity and risk-taking develop early in a teen, but areas that improve self-control and inhibit impulsive behavior don’t develop until the very late teens or early 20s.

Young people start drinking early than most people might think. The NC “Talk It Out” campaign reports that the average age for first trying alcohol is 14. About 10 percent of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol; that number jumps to 50 percent by age 15. Among 12th graders, 35 percent reported using alcohol within the past 30 days, and 21 percent reported having been drunk, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

However, research shows that increased awareness of the harm that can be caused by underage alcohol use in a community can lead to a healthier community that preserves the best choices and opportunities for youth. Informing youth of the dangers of alcohol—especially the effects on emotion, control and decision making—and setting clear expectations about not drinking underage can help young people make better decisions about alcohol use.

You can learn more about the dangers of alcohol and how you can help reduce underage drinking at http://www.ncadd.org, at http://www.talkitoutnc.org and http://www.transylvaniacare.org.

The C.A.R.E. Coalition is a grassroots community group working to reduce underage drinking and the misuse of alcohol and controlled substances in Transylvania County, is dedicated to raising awareness on alcohol all year long. By facilitating collaboration between coalition members and existing local resources, the coalition’s goal is to create environmental change and increase perception of harm to reduce alcohol and drug use among youth.

C.A.R.E. recently received additional federal funding to further its work to reduce underage drinking. The STOP (Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking) grant is coordinated by C.A.R.E. Coalition Program Director Karen Gorman, assisted by Brevard College Criminal Justice Program Director Tim Powers, and Brevard College senior and STOP Outreach Coordinator Tiela Smith.

The next C.A.R.E. Coalition meeting will be on Wednesday, April 12, from 1-2 p.m. in the Community Services Building Confer-ence room at 106 E. Morgan St. For more information, call (828) 884-1750 or visit transylvaniacare.org.

To learn more about the STOP program or the Community Conversations event on April 6, contact the STOP Outreach Coordinator at stop@tconc.org.

FREE Alcohol Server/Seller Training Planned

April 18, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

County Commissioners’ Chambers

101 S. Broad St., Brevard

The Education and Training Division of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is conducting a free responsible server/seller training for both on premises and off-premises business owners, managers and employees.

The 2-hour hands-on training consists of video and open discussion including: sales to underage persons; sales to intoxi-cated persons; acceptable ID’s; fake, al-tered and look-a-like ID’s; dram shop laws; happy hour laws; protecting your business; and protecting yourself.

For more information, contact Kathleen Mallet at (828) 884-1750.

 
 

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