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Smart Talk: Underage drinking still a serious problem in PA

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 16, 2014 3:20 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, December 17, 2014:

The recent reported gang rape of a first year female student at the University of Virginia shocked the nation.  Even though Rolling Stone magazine backed away from the article it published about the incident, since portions weren't verified, it did promote a conversation about sexual assaults on college campuses.

One of the steps UVA took to fight sexual misconduct was to crack down on underage drinking.

It's a move that makes sense since more than 90% of sexual assaults on college campuses involve alcohol.

Whether it's on a campus or at a party in someone's home, underage drinking continues to be a huge problem in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Forty percent of college students binge drink and at least 73% drink at least occasionally.  Fifty percent of high school seniors have consumed alcohol within the past 30 days.

In addition to the campus assaults, underage drinking contributes to drunk driving crashes, suicide, and other high-risk sex.

As part of WITF's Real Life Real Issues: Drugs and Young People project, Wednesday's Smart Talk focuses on underage drinking.

Appearing on the program are Felicity DeBacco Erni, Director of Pennsylvanians Against Underage Drinking and Students Against Drunk Driving, Sarah McDowell,  Interim Director of Connection Alcohol and Other Drug Programs at Shippensburg University, and Trooper Adam Reed, Public Information Officer with the Pennsylvania State Police.

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Felicity DeBacco Erni, Sarah McDowell, and Trooper Adam Reed

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-12-17 09:39

    A listener emails:

    Obviously abstinence is the best advice, but realistically some or most teens will be interested in drinking. Legal repercussions aside, what are your thoughts on letting a teen drink under supervision at home to teach responsible drinking versus risking their introduction to drinking be with peers whose drinking goals are often to get messed up?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-12-17 09:51

    Thomas emails:

    It is a myth that a lot of underage parties produce somebody passing out, vomiting, or otherwise overdoing it. There are underage drinking parties all the time that end in nothing but fun stories.
    A lot of parents need to do some self reflection with regards to there own substance uses they are depressed they take a pill they can't sleep they take a pill, they can't focus they take a pill.