Underage drinking in Trumbull decreased, but still a problem

Trumbull High School’s sixth annual Underage Drinking Forum, “Choices Have Consequences” will be presented to all ninth grade students and their parents/ guardians on Thursday, Nov. 17th, 7 p.m. at Trumbull High School. This forum is a model that several other towns have replicated, THS PTSA tri-president Mary Isaac said.

Reported underage drinking in Trumbull has decreased over the past few years, as shown in surveys conducted by the Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking in 2010. However, underage drinking remains a problem in town, Isaac said, and the Forum organizers and TPAUD are committed to providing as much information as possible to students, parents, and the community.

“Innovative, comprehensive approaches to prevent underage drinking are showing success in reducing experimentation with alcohol,” Isaac said. “Forums like this, in addition to other community efforts by TPAUD and the anonymous tip line created by the Trumbull Police Department and funded by TPAUD are helping to reduce opportunities and community tolerance for underage drinking, said Chief Thomas Kiely of the Trumbull Police.”

As I’m sure you are aware, more than 1,000 students and their parents attend this event each year and learn about the psychological, emotional, social, and physical impacts of underage drinking and avoidance strategies that they can use. The forum also addresses Connecticut’s underage drinking law legislation passed in 2006 regarding parental responsibility, the Social Host Law, as it applies to alcohol consumption and misuse.

This year’s speakers will include Dr. Gary Kaml, Chief of Trauma Surgery at St. Raphael’s Hospital, Officer Tim Fedor, Trumbull Police, Jeffery Blueweiss, Civil Trial Attorney, William Mecca, Trumbull High School Crisis Intervention Specialist, as well as past offenders and those sharing personal stories.

If you could please let me know if you or someone from the CT Post staff will be present at the event, I would appreciate it. If there are any students or presenters that wish to be quoted following the forum, I am sure that will only add to the impact of your story.

Vinti Singh