DABC aims to address increase in teen alcohol consumption during summer months

July 7, 2015

HOLLADAY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Alcohol and teens don’t mix. But if they do, state leaders want you to know there can be consequences. Even though teen alcohol consumption is down 40%, they want that number even lower.

“When we catch a juvenile with alcohol and they’re under the age of 18 we have to call the parents to come out to the scene and some parents are unaware, a lot of times they say, “well, I didn’t know my child was doing this,” said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce.

Utah sees a rise in underage drinking during the summer months and officials are getting the message out to parents to be more aware of their kids summer activities.

“We like to get the message out around the 4th of July and the summer months because kids are out of school during the summer they’re hanging out with their friends, parents might be working so they kinda go in to a vacation mode and that’s when they’re more likely to start drinking,” said Val Dunaway with the Department of Alcohol Beverage and Control.

That’s why four agencies that include the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, The Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, ParentsEmpowered.Org and Utah Highway Patrol are putting an effort to educate parents and teens about the dangers of alcohol consumption.

Aldo Vazquez

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