Phone: (732) 264-1700
Department Head: Barbara Hilliard
HAZLET ALLIANCE TO PREVENT ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE
April is "National Alcohol Awareness Month" and the Hazlet Alliance would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of a few important facts about alcohol. The Hazlet Alliance was formed to help our community and its citizens make informed decisions about alcohol and substance abuse. We especially strive to promote a "no-use" message in our schools and with our children.
ALCOHOL – Youth's #1 Drug of Choice!!!
- 46% of New Jersey's 7th & 8th graders have used alcohol.
- 4 out of 5 (80%) of NJ's high school students have used alcohol in their lifetime & 56% used alcohol in the past 30 days.
- Alcohol kills more teenagers than all other drugs combined. It is a factor in the 3 leading causes of death among 15-24 year olds: accidents, homicides and suicides.
- Alcohol can prevent teens from growing to full-size. Heavy drinking in teens has been shown to interfere with muscle & bone growth.
- Recent brain imaging studies in teens & young adults who drank heavily has shown shrinkage in an area of the brain that is responsible for memory & learning, which indicates that these young peoples ability to learn & remember suffers. The brain doesn't finish developing until around 21 years old.
- A drink is a drink – a 5 oz glass of wine has as much alcohol as a 12 oz glass of beer or a 1.5 oz shot of whiskey
ALCOHOL IS ILLEGAL FOR ANYONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE
PARENTS PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN DISCOURAGING THEIR CHILDREN FROM BEGINNING TO USE ALCOHOL.
Parents: Chances are that your child might experiment with alcohol or will associate with many who have. Peer pressure is very powerful. Discuss your personal beliefs with your child. Sharing your values and family history around alcohol will create an environment of trust and understanding.
As parents, you are the first line of defense when it comes to your child's drinking.
YOU ARE THE DIFFERENCE MAKER!!!!!
- Set rules and expectations and enforce consequences! Let your child know that underage drinking is unacceptable in your family. Enforce consequences when family rules are broken but be fair.
- Know where your teens are and what will they be doing during unsupervised time. Don't be afraid to check up on them. If your teen thinks you might drop by at any time, they are less likely to risk getting caught doing something they shouldn't be doing.
- Talk to your child. Casually ask how things are going at school, with friends, and his plans for the future.
- Keep your teens busy, especially between 3pm to 6pm and into the evening hours. Teens who are involved in constructive, adult supervised activities are less likely to use alcohol than other teens.
- Take time to learn the facts about underage drinking and talk to your teen about the harmful effects on young people.
- Get to know your child's friends and their parents. Make sure you know their rules and standards.
- Accept the role of a parent as your major responsibility. Children do not need you to be their friend, let others be their friend. You be the parent.
- Don't accept underage drinking as a rite of passage. If you don't think it is a big deal, what will your kids think?
- Teach by example!!! You are your child's role model. Don't show your child that it takes a drink to relax or decrease stress. Children learn what you teach them, so pick your lessons carefully!
Remember, parents play a key role in teaching their children about alcohol.
Want more information, visit www.stopalcoholabuse.gov (click on partners - then parents) to view the pamphlet "Start Talking Before They Start Drinking" as well as other resources for parents. For local information and resources, use our website or call the Hazlet Alliance at 732-264-1700 ext 8693.
Are you interested in joining the Alliance? As a concerned community member, you can make a difference. You can volunteer by joining the Alliance and attending our meetings and/or by volunteering your time. Everyone, students, parents, senior citizens are invited to be a part of our committee.
Please feel free to contact the Alliance if you have any questions. The Alliance can be contacted through Barbara Hilliard, using the information listed above
Hazlet Alliance Promotes Suicide Prevention
As a community organization, the Hazlet Alliance is extremely concerned about the recent deaths of several of our Hazlet residents. The Alliance is currently working with the Hazlet school district to create proactive strategies and resources for our whole community esp. including our young, at-risk adults.
Did you know that in the United States:
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24
- Young adults ages 18 to 25 were more likely than adults ages 26 to 49 to have had serious thoughts of suicide
- One in 11 high school students made a suicide attempt in the past 12 months
- 86% of school psychologists surveyed reported that they had counseled a student who had threatened or attempted suicide
- 62% of school psychologists surveyed reported that they have had a student make a nonfatal suicide attempt at school
- There is a 24 hour suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-talk (8255) This is a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL hotline that anyone can access and it is always available.
Some suicide warning signs:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated: behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
Remember that SUICIDE IS PREVENTABLE. Please HELP a loved one, a friend, or yourself. Learn the warning signs of suicide and use the suicide prevention resources to learn the way to get someone you care about the professional help they need.
Please urge anyone you know who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress to call Lifeline - the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). All calls are routed to the crisis center closest to the caller. (Lifeline receives approx.. 2200 per day)
If you have any questions, please call Barbara Hilliard, Alliance Coordinator at 732-264-1700 ext 8693
Coordinator, Monmouth Traumatic Loss Coalition
732-528-8823 x 1036
County Office of Mental Health
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center - provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies. Also, provides SAMHSA suicide grant and grantee meeting information.
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention - public/private partnership that catalyzes planning, implementation, and accountability for updating and advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention - Goals and Objectives for Action – provides a framework for preventing premature deaths due to suicide across the life span in the United States.
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention - Compendium of Federal Activities | PDF - 198KB – provides a framework for preventing premature deaths due to suicide across the life span in the United States.
Mental Health Services Locator - a facility locator that provides comprehensive information about mental health services and resources by State or U.S. Territory.
Studies and Statistics on Suicide - a list of reports and statistics on suicide administered by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies (OAS).
Toolkit: Promoting Emotional Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities - Equips senior living staff with resources to promote mental health and prevent suicide and encourage active participation among residents.