A West Virginia mother is teaming up with the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Administration to help fight underage drinking.
Together they’re introducing a new program that helps teens and their families understand the risks of consuming alcohol.
Jackie Myers is an educator and mother of three. She’s also a prime example of the lasting effects underage drinking has on teens and their loved ones.
“I just don’t think kids are aware of what can happen as a result of drinking,” Myers said.
Nearly six years ago, Myers lost her 15-year-old son Kurt to alcohol poisoning.
He was hanging out with friends at a bonfire. Myers says he was only there for about fifteen minutes, just enough time for alcohol to take its toll.
“He was drinking vodka straight and then they dropped him off at our house and he never came in,” she explained. “My neighbor found him in our yard deceased the next day.”
A poignent, yet powerful reminder to pay it forward.
That’s why she’s teaming up with the WVABCA to create the “Myers Manual”, a comprehensive program outlining the effects of drinking alcohol.
The manual includes facts like how alcohol levels fluctuate among mixed drinks, body size and gender.
It also details how drinking effects educational performance and the seven stages of intoxication from euphoria to death.
“All of the information is already gathered for you,” added Myers.
She has already implemented similar discussions with her school students and is leaving parents with a piece of advice, keep the alcohol out of sight and above all never underestimate.
“Kids are kids and they may take stuff that you don’t even realize and they talk about it and they tell each other how to find stuff or get stuff,” Myers added.
The WVABCA is also working to develop new technology to make I.D. scanners more effective.
You can access more information on their website abca.wv.gov.