Canceled JMU Block Party Sheds Light on Alcohol Risks

By: Karen Campbell Email
By: Karen Campbell Email

A block party that has been canceled this weekend at some James Madison University off-campus housing complexes is shedding light on other things about which students and their parents should be concerned.

Whether it's a block party, or an open door house party where just about anyone can attend, there is the potential for quite a few risks.

Some say many teens don't realize how many secondary things can happen when you have alcohol at parties.

Tonya Osinkosky, with Strong Families/Great Youth Coalition, says a teen has a lot developing in their brain, and introducing it to substances at a young age can cause damage.

She says, if people hold off drinking until they reach 21, there's a 90-percent chance they won't develop an alcohol addiction.

She also wants people to understand that sexual violence, fights and even alcohol poisoning can happen.

"In the ER with Rockingham Memorial Hospital, after every at-risk weekend, or every weekend, they are seeing people come in with things that are connected with alcohol abuse," says Osinkosky

Osinkosky goes on to say, if a person starts to drink before the age of 15, the chance of that person developing an alcohol addiction goes up five times.


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