Prevention Services

Kick Underage Drinking Campaign
Parents Who Host…..Lose the Most
"Don’t be a party to teenage drinking, it’s against the law."

Underage drinking is a major factor in the two leading causes of teenage deaths: car accidents and fatal injuries. “Open House Party” Law Alabama Code 13-11-10.1, makes it illegal for an adult to provide alcohol to minors in their residence or allow parties to take place when they are aware that alcohol is being consumed by minors.

Tips for Safe Parties

  • Do not allow teens to leave the party and come back
  • During the party, ‘be around’, you do need to be visible
  • Make an invitation list. Do not have an open house party
  • Make sure there are a few chaperones at your party
  • Set clear rules

Being a parent is not always an easy job. What teens do versus what parents know are often two different things. The same is true for drugs and alcohol.

Here are a few ideas to get parents up-to-speed on what you need to know:

  • Ask questions
  • Be more involved
  • Be prepared
  • Make clear rules
  • Develop refusal skills
  • Be honest
  • Be firm
  • Start an ongoing conversation
  • Learn to listen
  • Talk about the risks
  • Use teachable moments
  • Address peer pressure

You want your teen to be healthy and drug-free so be absolutely clear with your young person that you don't want them using drugs or alcohol, ever, anywhere. Don't leave room for interpretation. And talk often about the dangers and results of underage drinking and drug use.

Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use

There are many physical and behavioral signs that can indicate drug use. Each drug has its own unique manifestations but here are some general indications that a person is using drugs:

Psychological signals

  • keeping secrets from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, sports, and other favorite activities
  • Problems with schoolwork, such as slipping grades or absences
  • Changes in friendships, such as hanging out only with friends who use drugs
  • Withdrawal from family members
  • Stealing or selling belongings to be able to afford drugs
  • Anxiety, anger, or depression
  • Mood swings

Physical signals

  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Feeling shaky or sick when trying to stop
  • Changes in eating habits, including weight loss or gain
  • Careless about personal grooming
  • Red or glassy eyes
  • Sniffles or runny nose

Prevention Events

Shelby County (Montevallo)

  • Too Good for Drugs and Violence Curriculum at Montevallo Middle School
  • Prevention for Life Afterschool Program at Montevallo Middle School
  • Live Above the Influence Program at Montevallo Middle School and Montevallo High School 
  • Back to School Rallies
  • Community Education Events

Chilton County (Clanton)

  • Too Good for Drugs and Violence Curriculum at Chilton County High School
  • CCHS SADD Activities
  • Chilton County Children’s Policy
  • Health and Wellness Committee Meetings
  • “Changing the Atmosphere Around You” Parent Workshops
  • Back to School Rallies
  • Community Education Events

For more information about prevention events please contact:

CSMHC Drug Prevention Services
Prevention Coordinator
Zina Cartwell, MS, ICPS, CPM
Office: 205-668-4308

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t be a party to teenage drinking™
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