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MASON CITY, IA – Kids are enjoying summer vacation, but studies show that this is also the time that they’re more likely to experiment with alcohol.
A report from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows the likely hood of kids trying alcohol for the first time doubles in summer months.
Prevention experts say while it’s important for parents to talk to their kids early and often, the responsibility extends to the community also.
“If the community norm doesn’t back up the parent, it sends mixed messages to the kids and most kids aren’t going to host a party with mom and dad sitting there in the same room,” says Mary Schissel with the Mason City Youth Task Force.
Locally, we are seeing an improvement. A 2012 survey of Mason City 11th graders showed about a 20% drop in the number who reported drinking, compared to a 2005 survey.