User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


66° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Underage Drinking Down In South Dakota

November 28, 2011, 4:56 PM by Brady Mallory

Underage Drinking Down In South Dakota
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Huron bar owner, already accused of getting three girls drunk and then raping them at his business, is in more trouble.

Authorities say they caught eleven minors in the El Cuervo Bar over the weekend, and five of the kids were drinking.

Despite the allegations in Huron, studies show underage drinking is not as prevalent in South Dakota as it once was.

As of 2009, 40 percent of teens and kids in South Dakota admitted to underage drinking.

"In the '90s and early 2000s, the rates were about 50 to 60 percent of kids drinking during any given month," Director of Prevention at the Carroll Institute Betsy Atwood said.

Now, South Dakota is close to the national rate of 41 percent.  According to the latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey, just 31 percent of kids in the Sioux Falls area use alcohol.  Atwood said the goal is to get the percentage to decrease by at least two percent when the new numbers are released every two years.

Counselors say sexual abuse charges in Huron are not the only reasons minors should stick with a glass of milk.

"People's minds develop until they're 24, approximately. As people develop, their brains can't develop and function as well as it could if it was given a chance to succeed as best it could without alcohol or drugs," Chemical Dependency Counselor at the Carroll Institute Kim Questad said.

Even though the numbers are down in South Dakota and in the Sioux Falls area, prevention remains a top priority because alcohol is still the number one substance kids and teens reach for.

"It's available. It's readily available. It's a legal substance to those over the age of 21, and its appearance gives the appearance of being older. Youth today, unfortunately, want to be older and in with the crowd who wants to be having a good time," Questad said.

Questad teaches classes for kids who've had underage-alcohol violations. Through videos, worksheets and self-reflection, she says the students become more thoughtful about long-term damages of underage drinking.  Even though she said classes are fuller than ever and more widespread, the best prevention of underage drinking still comes from mom and dad.

"Even though kids maybe don't want to admit it, knowing your parents are concerned, knowing they want you to make the smart choice, has the biggest effect on them," Atwood said.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





RELATED STORIES


 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Body Of Missing Realtor Found At Arrowhead Park

10/18/2014 3:22 PM

The body of a missing Sioux Falls realtor has been found.

Full Story
SFPD Search For Missing Realtor

10/18/2014 11:45 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Full Story
UPDATE: Two People Dead In SF Crash

10/17/2014 9:52 PM

Two people are dead after a two vehicle crash on Friday night in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Body Of Pam Kneip Found After Search

10/18/2014 10:00 PM

Hundreds of volunteers gathered by an entrance at Arrowhead Park Saturday as police conducted a search for a missing woman.  The friends, family ...

Full Story | Watch
Police Release Names In Deadly Sioux Falls Crash

10/18/2014 8:19 PM

Police say two Sioux Falls men died in a crash Friday evening in the western part of the city.

Full Story


Events