Underage drinking is a growing problem across the country, but Georgia is attempting to take precautionary steps to keep the issue from spiraling out of control.
Recently, the Georgia Governor’s Office for Children and Families awarded a $60,000 grant to The Council on Alcohol and Drugs, which was developed in 1969 to prevent kids from using illicit substances. The organization plans to use the money to create a website to educate parents and children on the dangers of drugs across the state of Georgia.
Grant money will also be used to issue radio advertisements and public service announcements against underage drinking in 10 at-risk counties. The 2010 Underage Drinking Needs Reassessment will be used by Georgia State University and The Council on Alcohol and Drugs to determine which counties most need the advertising.
The grant-funded website will include parental manuals, links to other sites on underage drinking prevention and a half-hour video on the dangers of drugs.
Approximately 29 percent of public high school students say they can obtain illicit substances, according to the Department of Justice.