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The Healthy Communities Coalition (HCC) Community

Posted 11/13/2007

The Healthy Communities Coalition (HCC) Community Forum/Stakeholder Meeting was held at the Cooperative Extension Office, 314 5th St., in Hawthorne on Tuesday October 30th at 11:30 to 1:30 Lunch was be provided. An HCC study, conducted through the UNR Cooperative Extension in Mineral County, on underage drinking and substance abuse, was reviewed. These are some of the facts about our strengths and challenges in dealing with underage drinking and creating a healthy community for our youth:

  • ALL of the youth said it was easy to get alcohol.
  • ALL retail outlets have hard alcohol behind the counter and beer and wine in the cooler. All of the bars sell alcohol pops and so does the liquor store.
  • All the retail stores (except the pizza parlors) have we card stickers inside and outside the building. And signs that say we do not sell to minors
  • There were 10 DUI arrests in Hawthorne for August and July. There were 7 drugs arrest in Hawthorne in July and August. There were 3 juvenile arrests in Hawthorne that are alcohol related. ( That is 1% of the youth population 16-24)
  • 8% of youth are in counseling for alcohol related offenses.
  • Youth perceive that not much will happen to adults that buy alcohol for them.
  • All of the bars sponsor community events, bringing in some component of the event into their establishments( arm wrestling, tricycle races ect)
  • Youth were more worried about what parents, grandparents thought if they drank vs. law enforcement. 83% of youth surveyed said it is acceptable to drink at sporting events, community rituals such as Armed Forces Day.
  • Even when adults tell you that is wrong to drink they perceive it as "they don’t really mean it." Creditability issue
  • Most of the youth who responded to surveys indicated that accidents were the biggest concern if drinking and driving, next was getting a DUI and jail time.
  • Youth believed and drinking and diving were bigger issues with adults than youth.
  • Younger youth had a lower perception of harm/consequences for drinking and driving.
  • 3of 4 retail outlets predominantly have alcohol advertising on the outside of the store.
  • None of the bars did special pricing for drinks; although drinks prices are not that high compared to other communities
  • Youth surveys and focus groups indicated that most youth get alcohol from 1). Friends 2). Parents 3). Strangers

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