The Parent Connection
The Parent Connection was created in February of 2007 and consists of parents who are interested in bringing awareness and education to the Ellington Community of the dangers of underage drinking. The group hosted John Rosemond in October of 2007 and A Town Hall Meeting: The Real Cost of Underage Drinking on April 1, 2008.
Is the DAPC a separate agency in the Town of Ellington?
Yes. It is an AD HOC Committee with members from the school system, town agencies and even faith community members on it and is led by the Director of Youth Services. The members on the DAPC are also on the Youth Advisory Board. Youth Services and the DAPC are closely connected.
What does the DAPC do?
The DAPC receives town funds and with those funds sponsors fall and spring assemblies at Ellington Middle School and Ellington High School related to positive choices. It also supports efforts of the Peer Advocates at both schools. It also works closely with the Regional Action Council ERASE, Inc. (East of the River Action on Substance Abuse Elimination) on the student survey given every four years to students at Ellington Middle School and Ellington High School. DAPC also sponsors the Mock Crash held every four years at Ellington High School.
The DAPC also serves as the Coalition for a $255,000 federal grant received in October of 2006 for the prevention of underage drinking in Ellington.
- Alcohol Facts
- Student Survey
- Parenting Tips
- Nearly 70% of 8th graders perceive alcoholic beverages as “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get.
- By the time they complete high school nearly 80% of teenagers have consumed alcohol, 30% report having been drunk in the past month, and 29% report having five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks.
- Approximately 20% of 8th graders report having recently (within the past 30 days) consumed alcohol compared to 35% of 10th graders and almost 50% of 12th graders.
- A little over 20% of 8th graders report having been drunk at least once in their life compared to almost 45% of 10th graders and 60% of 12th graders.
- A person who begins drinking as a young teen is four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than someone who waits until adulthood to use alcohol.
- During adolescence significant changes occur in the body, including the formation of new networks in the brain. Alcohol use during this time may affect brain development.
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among youth ages 15-20, and the rate of fatal crashes among alcohol-involved drivers between 16 and 20 years old is more than twice the rate for alcohol-involved drivers 21 and older. Alcohol use also is linked with youthful deaths by drowning, suicide, and homicide.
- Alcohol use is associated with many adolescent risk behaviors, including other drug use and delinquency, weapon carrying and fighting, and perpetrating or being the victim of rape.
*According to the Department of Health and Human Services
Alcohol Behavior Among Ellington High School Students:
Results from the 2005 Ellington Student Survey Report
Lifetime Alcohol Consumption:
- 35% of freshmen reported drinking alcohol at least once before.
- 72% of seniors reported drinking alcohol at least once before.
Past Month Alcohol Consumption1:
- 1 in 5 (20%) freshmen reported drinking alcohol in the past month.
- Over half (58%) of seniors reported drinking alcohol in the past month.
- Binge Drinking2 Among High School Seniors:
- 62% of 12th grade students binge drank at least once before in their lifetime.
- Binge drinking rates have increased by 16% among 12th graders since 2000.
- 42% of high school students3 reported riding as a passenger when the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol.
- 27% of high school students have driven under the influence of alcohol at least once before in their lifetime.
Source of Alcohol:
Of the high school students who reported drinking alcohol:
- 60% have obtained alcohol from their parents WITHOUT their permission.
- 34% have obtained alcohol from their parents WITH their permission.
Accessibility of Alcohol:
- 3 out of 5 (60%) freshmen agreed that alcohol is easy to obtain.
- Over 4 out of 5 (83%) of seniors agreed that alcohol is easy to obtain.
1 High school students surveyed in 2005 were in grade levels 9 and 12.
2 Binge drinking is defined as having 4 or more drinks during one event.
(*According to the American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Talk with your child honestly. Make discussions about tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs part of your daily conversation.
- Really listen to your child. Encourage your child to share questions and concerns about tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Do not do all the talking or give long lectures.
- Help your child develop self-confidence. Look for all the good things in your child-and then tell your child how proud you are.
- Help your child develop strong values. Talk about family values. Teach your child how to make decisions based on these standards. Explain that these are the standards for your family, no matter what other families might decide.
- Be a good example. Look at your own habits and thoughts about tobacco, alcohol and other drugs. Your actions speak louder than words.
- Help your child deal with peer pressure and acceptance. Discuss the importance of being and individual and the meaning of real friendships.
- Make family rules that help your child say “no.” Talk with your child about your expectation that he/she will say “no” to drugs and alcohol. Spell out what will happen if he breaks these rules. Be prepared to follow through, if necessary.
- Encourage healthy, creative activities. Look for ways to get
- Team up with other parents. Work with other parents to build a drug-free environment for children. When parents join together against drug use, they are much more effective than when they act alone.
- Realize what to do if you child has a drug or alcohol problem.Realize that no child is immune. Learn the signs of drug and alcohol use. Take seriously any concerns you hear from friends, teachers, or other kids.
Town Hall Meeting - April 1, 2008
John Rosemond's Visit - October 17, 2007