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Be on Guard for Kids' Super Bowl Hangover

February 3, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. - While the Monday-after-Super-Bowl hangover may just be part of the deal for many adults, experts say it's likely that many teens in Connecticut also drank too much last night.

According to Jill Spineti, who heads up the Governor's Prevention Partnership, the state is making progress in curbing underage drinking. Still, a sizable number of Connecticut's young drinkers report going overboard.

"Twenty-five percent of Connecticut teens engage in binge drinking, and that's when they're drinking a lot of alcohol at one time," she said. "They're ending up in emergency rooms with alcohol poisoning and all sorts of problems happening in this area."

Parents with concerns about their kids drinking can call 211 and ask about the Governor's Prevention Partnership, where they can get one-on-on assistance.

Spineti said simply staying awake to see if you smell alcohol on your child is a good way to make sure. In the long run, parents need to watch for warning signs "like a child pulling away from the family; grades could be slipping at school; a child's behavior could be changing, they could be hanging around with different kind of friends than they had in the past, or (be showing) secretive behavior."

She said parents should lock up their liquor supplies when kids have a party, and though it may feel being a kill-joy to some, she suggested that parents stick around to make sure alcohol is not smuggled in.

"Now, I know we live in an alcohol society and that Super Bowl's going to have ads on TV, but I have seen too many young people's lives change because they have been engaged in underage drinking, whether it's car crashes or accidents."

If your kids are going to another house for a party, she suggested that you first touch base with the parents there.

There's more on the web at PreventionWorksSCT.org.


Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT