Good news amidst the nearly unchanged rates of binge drinking
Fort Lauderdale, FL January 9, 2013 – The 2012 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey (FYSAS) unmistakably shows that most and even an increasing number of Broward youth, are making healthy choices regarding alcohol use. Over 2,200 Broward Middle and High School students were surveyed. The clear message is that when parents, schools, community leaders and all sectors come together to work strategically for the betterment of children, teens, families and the entire community, it works.
“The 2012 FYSAS survey results clearly tell us that Broward county continues to make solid strides in the journey towards helping our children and teens grow up healthy and drug-free,” said Pat Castillo, Vice President of the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse (Commission). “Underage drinking is a serious health issue and over the past 10 years the well-thought out, consistent and collaborative efforts to bring down the alarming rates and the devastating impact on individuals, families and the community at large, have worked. The task is far from over, but we know without a doubt, that our community’s efforts are empowering, educating and motivating youth, their parents and caregivers to make better lifestyle choices,” she added.
Castillo also noted that the Commission will continue to be at the table helping to facilitate the understanding of what the research is saying, studying local, state and national models that may be impactful and applicable in Broward and assessing the impact of this information to the broad spectrum of prevention initiatives currently underway.
“We have to keep working diligently because where we still face serious challenges is with those children and teens that binge drink,” Castillo highlighted. “The rate of binge drinking among Broward youth remained steady at just over 11%, and clearly that number is simply too high,” she concluded.
About the United Way of Broward Commission on Substance Abuse
Celebrating over 20 years in the community, UWBCCSA (www.unitedwaybroward.org) is a broad-based substance use/abuse coalition dedicated to empowering its diverse community to live healthy and drug-free. Its primary role is to serve as a coalition-building organization that brokers partnerships between federal, state and local agencies to foster, develop and enhance integrated counter-drug efforts throughout Broward County and to search for innovative and effective ways to address the issue of substance use/abuse.
About the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey