Rise in alcohol abuse by teens disturbs police
YORK, Maine - Police Chief Doug Bracy said a marked increase in the abuse of ...
 Conference focuses on link between diversity and drug abuse
Acting as a seeming counterbalance to the notorious debauchery of Spring Break, today's Seventh Annual ...
 Woker dies due to alcohol-related heart problems
A 42-year-old foundry worker from Dudley who died of a heart attack after a fit ...
 Teen Alcoholism
More than three million teenagers are alcoholics. That's why MADD or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, ...
 Pickled Babies Drafted to Battle Alcoholism
LYUBERTSY, Moscow Region -- Peter the Great would have been proud. The schoolchildren huddled together ...
 Alcohol: A clear and present danger
The three top drugs of Jefferson County are alcohol, marijuana and methamphetamine, but the No. ...
Underage college drinkers have easy access to alcohol, pay less and consume more per occasion ...
 Drugs Cocaine
Sat, 03/15/03 Cocaine is now top street drug by Claire Connolly Doyle DRUG squad members ...

Rise in alcohol abuse by teens disturbs police

YORK, Maine - Police Chief Doug Bracy said a marked increase in the abuse of alcohol by teens has police worried that it�s only a matter of time before there is a tragic outcome.

"We�re seeing a recklessness among young people," said the chief.

Bracy said, by the end of 2003, there had been 162 alcohol violations, up from 97 in 2002. Of those cases, approximately 95 percent included possession of alcohol by minors.

The chief said the violators are younger and younger, and display behavior usually seen by college-age people.

"A lot are coming from some very large parties," said Bracy. "We need the communities� help on this - parents, kids, working together for more responsible decisions. I don�t blame alcohol anymore than I�d blame a car for an accident. I blame the bad judgment shown. We all own this.

"We had about five or six kids killed in the �90s," said Bracy. "That makes kids think for a while, so we put a lot into education about bad decisions and driving. But, until a tragedy affects you, it�s not personalized."

Parents are the first line of defense, said the chief.

"Parents need to know where their kids are," said Bracy. "If there is a party or a sleep-over, parents have to find out if there will be adult supervision. Do the teens come home very late at night? What shape are they in when they arrive?"

Gaining access to alcohol is no problem for teens, he said. Bracy said he blames that, in part, on a decision by Maine government to eliminate the liquor commission.

"They did away with it and replaced it with about five troopers who do administrative duties," said Bracy. "We haven�t seen them since. The commission used to assure that establishments sold properly and didn�t over-serve. They did stings at stores, bars and restaurants. We have teenagers working at stores, and as long as the till comes in even, no one asks questions. Maine has let down its guard on this problem because of an unfunded mandate that left enforcement up to local police departments.

"It�s not easy for a local department. We don�t have unknown officers. The kids know them."

Bracy said another problem is ads on television and in magazines, touting the glamour of alcohol.

"Society as a whole is sending mixed messages," said Bracy. "I had a beer distributor that wanted to fund my D.A.R.E. program. I refused."

The abuse of alcohol can be linked to other crimes, Bracy said, like vandalism. Mailbox smashing is common in almost all towns. More violent crimes, like armed robbery, can be linked to heroin. Bracy said that problem remains a huge issue in town.

"Almost daily, we are talking to or dealing with some of our known heroin users," said Bracy. "It�s so cheap now; it has become the drug of choice. They have to support their habit, so robberies and burglaries happen."

Fill out the form below and an alcohol treatment specialist will respond to your request shortly.

  • Alcohol Facts
  • Pregnant women who drink risk having babies with fetal alcohol syndrome.
  • Approximately 1.5 million drivers were arrested in 2000 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That�s just over 1% of the estimated 120 million or more episodes of impaired driving that occur among U.S. adults each year.
  • Alcohol was reported as the primary substance of abuse by almost half of 1999 treatment admissions.
  • Although most States set the BAC limit for adults who drive after drinking at 0.08 percent, driving skills are affected at much lower levels.
End of LiveChat code -->