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Reducing underage drinking in Horry County

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County law enforcement officials and the CAST coalition are addressing the high rate of underage drinking in Horry County. They will be conducting additional saturation patrols throughout the county, as they aim to reduce the amount of underage drinking.

According to DAODAS of South Carolina there is a high prevalence of underage drinking among youth in Horry County

  • An estimated 85 South Carolinians under 21 die each year from alcohol use.
  • Underage drinking costs South Carolina $1 billion per year - $2,309 for each young person in our state.
  • 71% of ninth- through 12th-graders in South Carolina have tried alcohol.
  • 35% of these students took their first drink, beyond just a few sips, before age 13.
  • 40% of ninth- through 12th-graders in South Carolina drank alcohol in the past month.
  • One in nine high school students has driven after drinking in the past month.
  • Horry County's main industry is tourism. The beach, local attractions, and access to bars and liquor stores are draws for high school teens and college students. The objective is to reduce the incidences of underage drinking.

  • Saturation patrols will be conducted
  • Increased enforcement at high school social events.
  • Middle and high school assistant principals will be trained on how to detect if a youth are under the influence.
  • Train Horry County School district employees on how to detect if youth are under the influence.
  • Ensure that school policies on alcohol use are posted on all school websites.
  • Conduct presentations on school policies on alcohol use to youth.
  • Informational data was collected from DAODAS and Horrycast.org.

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