SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — April marks Alcohol Awareness Month and a local organization is continuing its mission to help prevent underage drinking.
This month, Beyond the Bell Savannah, is offering free training programs that educate families about the impacts of consuming alcohol at a young age.
A Georgia Student Health Survey of 14,123 students in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System found that 92% of sixth through 12th-grade students reported that they did not drink alcohol within the 30 days of the survey.
However, 17% reported having had their first drink of alcohol at age 15 or younger and 4% of students were 8 years old or younger, the survey showed.
“We’ve been in the City of Savannah for about five years, and it is Beyond the Bell’s mission to prevent underage substance use,” explained region 5 project coordinator Lindsey Grovenstein.
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