By: Sarah Holmboe, M.A., YSB Parent Education Coordinator and Michael Huntley, M.A., LP, YSB Youth and Family Therapist
With the growing popularity of drugs such as marijuana and e-cigarettes, underage alcohol consumption in Washington County tends to be overlooked. However, it’s still very much a problem. According to 2013 Minnesota Student Survey data, 15% of 11th-grade males and 15% of 11th-grade females in Washington County reported consuming an alcoholic beverage one or two days out of the month.
Part of the solution to this problem is educating both youth and parents about the risks of underage drinking. In YSB’s Chemical Awareness Programs, we discuss a variety of perspectives from youth and parents regarding chemical use- including underage alcohol consumption. These are important conversations, especially as we find many decisions are made based on myths, versus facts.
So how many do you know? Here are some myths some parents may believe about underage drinking, along with some facts about what’s happening in Minnesota.