Alcohol awareness event for Wilmington middle school students

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - More than 300 seventh graders from Murray Middle School participated in an alcohol awareness event Wednesday morning.

WECT's Jon Evans was a guest speaker and told the students about the consequences when children make bad decisions and decide to drink alcohol at a young age.

In addition, Coastal Horizons gave a powerpoint presentation outlining what alcohol does to a young brain and how that can effect their future.

"It is very prevalent," said Diane Edwards, chairperson for the Cape Fear Coalition for a Drug Free Tomorrow.  "You know years ago we talked about teenagers as far as the age people begin to use alcohol and drugs. We know now by the studies children are starting much earlier."

Edwards said it is important for parents and adults to be able to talk to their children about alcohol use and prevent them from using it at such an early age.

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