Community Locations Support Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Casco Bay CAN has resources available to you in the following locations across our service area: Bow Street Market, Casco Bay and Pineland YMCA of Southern Maine, Freeport Community Library, Merrill Memorial Library, Prince Memorial Library, New Gloucester Public Library and Gray Public Library. The libraries also have resource books on drug and alcohol prevention, positive discipline, how to stay connected to your teen, etc.

Thank you to all our local organizations for supporting April Alcohol Awareness Month and helping to keep youth safe!

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Thank you Bow Street Market!

Thank you to Bow Street Market and Bow Street Distributors for displaying April Alcohol Awareness Month prevention materials!

April Alcohol Awareness Displays

April is Alcohol Awareness Month! Please visit your local library, Bow Street Market or the Pineland or Casco Bay YMCA to pickup prevention resources. Shown below is the display at Freeport Community Library.

April Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Casco Bay CAN has resources available to you in the following locations across our service area: Bow Street Market, Casco Bay YMCA, Pineland YMCA, Freeport Community Library, Merrill Memorial Library, Prince Memorial Library, New Gloucester Public Library and Falmouth Memorial Library. The libraries also have resource books on drug and alcohol prevention, positive discipline, how to stay connected to your teen, etc. for a complete list of the available book please click here.

 

What Parents Need to know about Underage Drinking during Alcohol Awareness Month

An excerpt from Constance Scharff, PhD, Director of Addiction Research Cliffside Malibu and a recognized speaker/book author on addiction recovery, women’s health, and overcoming trauma:

“Here are tips for parents to consider when talking to their kids about alcohol.

  1. Drinking early is not a normal ‘rite of passage.’ While Harvard University reports that the average age for first alcohol use for girls is 13 and for boys, 11, drinking is not a necessary or normal activity for children. These averages indicate that a large number of children begin drinking alcohol at a very young age. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that nearly a third of eighth graders reported drinking in the last year. Rather than write this drinking off as normal experimentation, adults should be aware that children who begin drinking very young are at a higher likelihood of developing substance abuse disorders later in life and are giving a clear indication that there is probably something wrong in their lives with which they do not have the tools to cope.
  2. Kids listen more than parents think they do. The eye rolls and exasperated expressions are hard to deal with. But studies show that kids really do listen when adults talk to them about alcohol and alcohol abuse. What’s important is that parents not make these conversations one off “talks” in which everyone is on edge, waiting for the conversation to end. Instead, frequently discuss with your children your expectations of them. Talk to them about the consequences of their actions, about how they can’t always see around the corner, but you can. For example, young people who drink are more likely to be the victims of violent crime than those who don’t. A night of drinking that ends in rape and an unintended pregnancy are not the types of scenarios young people are thinking about when they grab a bottle out of someone’s liquor cabinet. Don’t scare your kids, but be real with them about what drinking can do.
  3. Listen as much as you talk. Conversation is a two way street. Give your children ample opportunity to talk with you about the stresses and pressures they face. Have family time often, during which all the electronic devices (even yours!) are put away and you can really engage with one another. What your kids share may surprise you. If you are willing and able to listen to your children, they are much more likely to come to you in times of need and confusion as they wrestle with their growing independence.”

 

Community Displays for April Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Casco Bay CAN has resource tables available at the following community locations:

Bow Street Market, Freeport
YMCA- Casco Bay BranchYMCA- Pineland Branch
Freeport Community Library
Falmouth Memorial Library
Gray Public Library
Merrill Memorial Library- Yarmouth
Prince Memorial Library- Cumberland

Below are some of the table displays with resources. Thank you to all of our community partners for your continued support to help prevent and reduce youth substance use.