Forum Held To Find Solution To Underage Drinking Problem

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

It's a number that may surprise you, nine percent of Kentuckians say they had their first alcoholic drink by age ten.

As the war on drugs continues some may forget that underage drinking is also a concern.

Community leaders gathered in Pike County in an effort to find a solution to the problem.

Thanks to a five-hundred dollar grant, one of one hundred across the country, Pike County teens and adults met to raise awareness about underage drinking in their area.

People of all ages were shocked to find the problems were the same as they were decades ago.

Six teens from Pike County schools shared their stories about the dangers of underage and binge drinking.

“We actually were invited by our sponsor to just talk about what we deal with every day. About the alcohol problem, and to really give a youthful vibe to this meeting. and youthful insight,” Adam Handy said.

“This forum, the purpose was to dispel that perception that alcohol is a safer alternative than other drugs, it's not. it is every bit as harmful,” Scott Walker said.

The students agree that many people have a misconception about the dangers of alcohol.

“So if my kid is just drinking, then that's a lot easier and I can deal with that because they're in my house and I can keep a reign on them,” Handy said.

“As much as things have changed, they've remained the same, the issues that those young people were talking about that they face each and every day, is very similar to the things that were taking place 10 years ago, 20 years ago, 30 years ago,” Walker said.

The meeting brought to light the number of people concerned about underage drinking.

Similar meetings were held across the country, but Handy says he's thankful a grant was awarded in eastern Kentucky.

The Pike County Youth Leadership Council hopes this is the first of many town hall meetings for the county.


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