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Recognizing that problems associated with underage drinking cannot be addressed by focusing solely on youth, the State of South Carolina is working with local Alcohol Enforcement Teams, Drug Free Community Coalitions and your County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Authority to target parents and other adults through our Out Of Their Hands statewide initiative.

Nationally, 65 percent of teenagers report getting their alcohol from family and friends; and research proves that parents are the most influential person in their child’s life and are the key to preventing underage drinking.

The campaign will emphasize that providing alcohol to minors is against the law and that together we can keep it “Out Of Their Hands.”

It can not happen without you so please look at the website and learn how you can make a difference by connecting with your community AET person to volunteer or talking to your child about the dangers of underage drinking—Together we can Keep It Out Of Their Hands.

Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET)

Coupled with an active public education and prevention strategy, AETs are intended to implement evidence-based environmental strategies to reduce underage alcohol use and its harmful consequences. Enforcement of existing laws to restrict use and access by youth is one of the most useful tools in prevention, and prevention agency/law enforcement partnerships can lead to some of our most powerful and sustainable outcomes. (See www.udetc.org/documents/strategies)

The AET model, which includes community coalition maintenance and development, merchant education, and law enforcement partnership, specifies a multi- or single-jurisdictional alcohol law enforcement approach (depending on the needs and participation of law enforcement within the target area) in a community to:

 

  1. Reduce youth access to alcohol utilizing various strategies (social and retail access);
  2. Measure, track and improve merchant compliance with alcohol laws;
  3. Provide research-based merchant education; build community support for enforcement of underage drinking laws through media advocacy and community coalition maintenance and development; and develop local law enforcement support for underage drinking prevention and enforcement efforts.

 

Enforcement efforts employed by all of the teams include compliance checks of locations that sell alcoholic beverages; party patrols; sobriety checkpoints; community policing and other strategies to reduce youth access to alcohol and underage drinking. How can you get involved? Call local law enforcement (911) 24 hours a day to report underage drinking parties and alcohol sales to minors.

To learn more about South Carolina’s efforts contact Michael George, AET State Liaison at mgeorge@pire.org or mgeorge@daodas.state.sc.us . You can also contact your local (York and Union) AET Coordinator, Joe Burton at jburton@keystoneyork.org or (803) 324-4118.

List Resources
“For additional information on how you as a parent/caregiver can keep alcohol and other drugs out of the hands of your children visit:
http://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov
http://www.sshs.samhsa.gov
http://www.teendrugabuse.us
http://www.thecoolspot.gov
http://www.daodas.state.sc.us

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