Alcohol Awareness Parent Seminars

Alcohol Awareness Parent Seminars
Posted on 04/04/2019
Alcohol Awareness Parent Seminars

Lee County teenagers 15 to 17 years old reported to the 2018 Florida Youth Survey they have used alcohol at a higher average than the rest of the state. With prom season in April and high school graduation just a month later, the School District of Lee County is planning a new series of parent engagement seminars about alcohol awareness.

“The CDC says underage drinkers, on average, consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers,” says School District Prevention Specialist Kathy Wynne. “This can lead to school problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades, among other consequences, which also includes memory problems, social problems, and alcohol-related car crashes. A teen who uses alcohol is much more likely to use tobacco products, marijuana, and other illicit drugs.”

In the 2018 Florida Youth Survey, 53% of high school students reported using alcohol and some point in their lives. 26% admitted to drinking in the last 30 days and 10% reported an episode of binge drinking in the last 30 days. Students who drink are more likely to be absent from school, see their grades drop and disengage from academics.

The District is scheduling three parent engagement seminars, one in each zone, but parents may attend the one most convenient to them regardless of where their children go to school. Each will provide parents the opportunity to learn what makes alcohol use so dangerous for teens, the consequences of underage drinking, and what you as a parent can do to help prevent your child from using alcohol.

The seminars are as scheduled:

Tuesday, April 9th
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Cape Coral High School
2300 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33991

Tuesday, April 23rd
6:00pm to 7:00pm
South Fort Myers High School
14020 Plantation Rd.
Fort Myers, FL 33912

Monday, May 13th
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Varsity Lakes Middle School
801 Gunnery Rd. North
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration