Big Grant to Help Fight Underage Drinking

Federal grant money pours in to help combat underage drinking in the Alamo City.

“It’s quiet, it’s hidden,” that’s how Pastor Keely Petty describes the underage drinking problem in San Antonio.

“We go into schools now and we find out that kids bring vodka to school in Sprite bottles and they’re drinking at school,” she said.

And SAPD Officer Doug Greene said youth alcohol abuse can lead to negative encounters with police.

“We see a lot of individuals who are under the influence of alcohol and they make very poor decisions,” Greene said. “When they encounter people of authority and law enforcement, they use very poor judgment.”

Petty hopes the STOP Act grant money will help the Bethel Prevention Coalition educate students, parents, and faculty to help bring down the rate.

“One of things we found out here in San Antonio is there are no real conversations with youth or with parents or with teens about underage drinking,” she said.

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