Archive for Thursday, December 29, 2005

Letter to the Editor

December 29, 2005

To the editor:

It is time again for holiday festivities and celebrations. Schools and colleges are closed and we need to be aware of the increased opportunities for underage drinking to occur. Alcohol is the number one drug of choice by youth between the ages of 15 and 20. As a result of alcohol related issues, more than 1,700 college students in the U.S. are killed or die annually.

Parents, please sit down with your children during this holiday season and talk with them about the consequences of drinking. Research shows that the number one location youth obtain alcohol if from their parents (with their parents' permission) or from their home without the parents' knowledge. Next, is from older siblings, friends or the youth use of a friend's ID or a fake ID.

Community leaders, law enforcement, church and civic groups, parents, Regional Prevention Centers, Prevention Partnerships and youth should come together to work on underage drinking issues. Training and information is available in every community throughout the year.

We encourage businesses that sell alcohol to be vigilant in checking identifications when selling alcohol. Report youth who attempt to buy alcohol or others buying alcohol for underage youth to your local law enforcement. Working together, we can make a difference.

For more information, training or to start your own coalition, contact me at the following address.

Joe Garman

Enforcement Coordinator

Kansas Dept. of Revenue

Alcoholic Beverage Control

915 SW Harrison St.

Topeka, KS 66625-3512

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