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When you take the SafeHome Pledge, you let everyone know you support healthy and safe choices for our students.
You will be offered the opportunity to take the pledge during your membership registration. When you indicate that you have taken the pledge, the icon, "▲SAFEHOME▲" appears with your entry in the student directory.
Los Gatos High School SafeHome Pledge:
“I will not serve, nor will I knowingly allow anyone under the legal drinking age to consume alcohol in my home or on my property, in compliance with California law. I will not provide nor will I knowingly allow the use of illegal drugs in my home or on my property. I will make a conscious effort to safeguard my home while I am away, and would welcome a call to verify a party and to check on adult supervision.”
Please join the LGHS Home & School Club, LGHS New Millennium Foundation, CASA (Community Against Substance Abuse), The Parenting Continuum, and LGHS Project Cornerstone to make a strong statement to support our students.
Why is the SafeHome Pledge Important?
Underage drinking creates a wide variety of physical and social risks for children and teens.
All of the facts below are cited in the articles and resources that follow.
Parents Influence Behavior
- Over half of all high school age drinkers get their alcohol from an adult. Plus, half of those adults providing alcohol are parents or other family members.
- 3 out of 4 teens said parents were the biggest influence on their decision on whether or not to drink alcohol.
Physical and Psychological Effects
- A young person's brain continues to develop well into young adulthood. Teens who drink alcohol may cause long-term delays in this critical neurological development and may even inhibit proper cognitive development.
- Alcohol can cause lasting damage to the liver and the heart and central nervous system.
- Young people who consume alcohol are more likely to experience psychological symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Teens who consume alcohol are at higher risk to engage in unsafe sex practices while intoxicated, which can expose them to sexually transmitted infections.
- Youth who drink are more likely to be involved in acts of physical violence and they are also more likely to be injured in automobile accidents involving alcohol.
- Youth who consume alcohol have a risk of overdose and the associated physical injuries.
Legal Issues for Youth
- It is illegal for individuals under the age of 21 to purchase or consume alcohol.
- Young people who choose to drink run the risk of legal action, and teens who drink have a higher rate of problems with the law and incidence of juvenile incarceration.
Legal Issues for Adults
- Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga and San Jose all have enacted ordinances making a homeowner or renter responsible for underage drinking in their home when four or more minors are found consuming alcohol, regardless of whether the adults are present.
Risk of Addiction
- Teens who drink have a much higher risk of developing alcoholism as adults.
- Individuals who begin drinking at a young age are also more likely to experiment with other illicit substances and are at a higher risk for drug addiction.
A Few Words...
- “Childhood drinking is foremost a health issue. Many well-intentioned parents think that supplying alcohol for their child to drink at home may teach them how to ‘drink responsibly’ and might prevent them from drinking elsewhere. But the truth is that early consumption of alcohol in any context increases the likelihood of harmful effects in the long run. What’s more, studies have shown that when parents supply alcohol to their kids, it actually increases the risk for continued consumption during childhood and lifetime problem drinking. Drinking in the home does not prevent children from drinking outside the home or with their friends.” – Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
- “Teenagers' brains are far more vulnerable to alcohol and drugs than an older person's. Teens' brains develop from the back of the head to the front. The front deals with complex ideas and consequences. Kids need that front brain to be intact to work on complex ideas such as math as well as learning what consequences result from certain actions and behaviors. Most adults don't understand that a teenage alcohol drinker is four to five times more likely to become addicted to alcohol.” – Gabrielle Antolovich, executive director of Voices United (this organization along with San Jose Youth Commission collaborated on the social hosting ordinance with local government).
Helpful Resources and Links
- Silicon Valley, Bay Area see huge rise in binge drinking - http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20150423/silicon-valley-bay-area-see-huge-rise-in-binge-drinking/2
- San Jose passes social host ordinance - http://www.mercurynews.com/san-jose-neighborhoods/ci_20650596/san-jose-passes-social-host-ordinance
- Why Kids Should Not Drink Alcohol - http://www.livestrong.com/article/255895-why-kids-should-not-drink-alcohol/
- Myths Debunked: Underage Drinking of Alcohol at Home Leads to Real Consequences for Both Parents and Teens - http://www.drugfree.org/newsroom/myths-debunked-underage-drinking-of-alcohol-at-home-leads-to-real-consequences-for-both-parents-and-teens/
- Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department: Tips for Parents - http://losgatosca.gov/1460/Tips-for-Parents
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids - http://www.drugfree.org/
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) - http://teens.drugabuse.gov/
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) - http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/
- The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, Frances Jensen, MD and Amy Ellis Nutt or listen to a podcast with the Author - http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/01/28/381622350/why-teens-are-impulsive-addiction-prone-and-should-protect-their-brains
- Inside the Teenage Brain: A Frontline/PBS series addressing the science of the Teenage brain and practical application of this knowledge - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/teenbrain/
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