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Report: Teen girls consume more alcohol than boys

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Vodka is now the most popular choice of alcohol amongst teens, according to the Coalition. Vodka is now the most popular choice of alcohol amongst teens, according to the Coalition.

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - For the first time, a higher percentage of teen girls drink alcohol as compared to boys, and a group in Florence is working to educate parents on how to curb the habit.

The Florence County Coalition for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention states that while parents may have the most influence over their child's choices, many also believe that drinking is "just a part of growing up."

That is one of the most challenging issues today in seeking parents to be more responsible in the choices they make in regards to underage drinking, claims the organization.

The Coalition identifies that alcohol continues to be the number one drug of choice for teens, but what they consume, how often they consume it, and where they drink has changed drastically just in the last several years. 

For instance, for the first time, a higher percentage of teen girls drink than teen boys.

· Vodka is now the most popular choice of alcohol amongst teens.

· 70% of teens today do not pay for their alcohol as they receive it from social sources such as parents or a parent's home.  Only 11% of all alcohol consumed by underage drinkers today is purchased at a retail store.

· Binge drinking is at an all time high.

· No longer are teens always consuming alcohol orally, they are now participating in dangerous, non-traditional, non-oral methods of consumption.

· No longer do teens drink to just get a buzz, they drink to get drunk and generally do not quit until they reach the point of vomiting or passing out.

In efforts to help educate parents, the Florence County Coalition for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention held a press conference to kick off a multi-faceted strategy on the importance of parents' role in addressing and minimizing underage drinking with their children.

"the state wide stats, our community is actually lower than other areas and we give credit to our coalition for combating this."
 
Randy Cole is the Chief Executive Officer at Circle Park Behavioral Health Services. He says the percentage of kids buying alcohol at area stores is down to 11 percent. 

"The state wide stats, our community is actually lower than other areas and we give credit to our coalition for combating this," Cole said.

He thinks reason for the lower numbers is local law enforcement and their compliance initiates. Officers send people into stores that sell alcohol and if the employees don't ask to see identification, they are ticketed.

"The training is provided by Circle Parks so that helps us do our job more effectively. They give us the training, they give us the resources to help us do our job," said Captain David McClure of the Florence Police Department.

For more information on underage alcohol use, contact Circle Park Behavioral Health Services at 843-669-8087.

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