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Q. What is a drink?

Answer: Serving sizes matter with alcohol intake.

When people state they have only had 2 drinks yet the drinks are 48 ounces they are fooling themselves on the amount and potential for intoxication.

  • 12 ounces of beer= 1 drink
  • 6-8 ounces of wine = 1 drink. Generally 6 ounces for red or dark wines and 8 ounces for white wine.
  • 1.5 ounces of liquor = 1 drink based on 80 proof. So remember that a Long Island Ice tea could be as much as 4-6 drinks depending on the liquor.

Q. Will I lose my drivers license for selling alcohol to a minor?

The answer is NO.
The laws in South Carolina have changed and drivers license are not take from those
charged with sell or transfer of alcohol to a minor. However, youth or minors convicted of possession of alcohol will lose their Driving License for 120 days. 

Q. Can parent allow their children to use dip tobacco?

South Carolina law prohibits anyone from providing tobacco or nicotine delivery systems to youth under the age of 18. Fines for parents or friends or others providing tobacco to anyone under 18 are the same as those selling tobacco products to minors.

The fine is $460.00 in South Carolina.

Q. My child received a Minor in Possession of Alcohol charge. Is his or her life if ruined?

Having your child receive any criminal charge or violation can be dramatic for most parents. Youth receiving a Minor in Possession of Alcohol charge in Spartanburg County will in most cases be allowed to enter a diversionary program that allows the charges to be dropped. Actually, in many cases the charges can even be dropped for circumstances in a second violation. Talk you your youth under 21 about the choices they make regarding alcohol and remind them that the consequences can be costly.

Should you have questions about diversionary program contact 864-582-7588 ext: 333

Q. Can I be liable if I host a party and underage drinking occurs?

The answer is yes.
You can be liable in several ways. First, if you are over 21 years of age and you provide alcohol to youth under 21 you can be fined $ 677.50. 
Remember that fine could be levied for every youth at the party or event. Imagine what that would be for a party with 30 youth attending!

Secondly, hosting the party can result in civil liability. We live in a society where people don’t hesitate to engage in litigation. You could face a lawsuit from the family or representative of the minor in cases where accidents/fatality occurs.

Q. Is marijuana okay since it is natural?

No. At no point is it good for someone to breathe in smoke. Tobacco is known to cause several health issues. Marijuana can cause the same problems plus a much larger affect on the brain. Even the oil or vapor is harmful. Marijuana has shown to cause a decrease in cognitive abilities and cause brain abnormalities even after the user has stopped.

Q. Is smokeless tobacco safer than smoking tobacco?

No. The smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc. cover more surface area in your body and causes more ailments.
However, it typically takes a longer time for those to show up. Smokeless tobacco usually affects the mouth, throat, and sometimes the stomach. It does not cover as much area as smoking but the issues, such as cancer, from smokeless tobacco show up a lot sooner and are much more visible.

Q. Why is the legal age of alcohol use 21 years old?

Earlier research showed that the human brain did not finish organizing until 21 years old. The last area of the brain to finish is the frontal lobe, responsible for decision-making, weighing outcomes, etc. After knowing this and increased alcohol related traffic accidents due to a lowered drinking age all 50 states increased the age of consumption to 21. The traffic accidents sharply decreased.

Later research has shown that the brain is not fully developed until 25.

Q. Are E-cigarettes safer than smoking?

Since this is fairly new there is no research to prove that e-cigarettes are safer. It took decades of data to know the consequences of smoking so any information on e-cigarettes and how it affects health is still years away. 

Q. Everybody drinks alcohol in High School right?

No! The Spartanburg Communities That Care survey showed that 76% had not had alcohol in the last 30 days and that 50% had never had alcohol! It is not the norm! Most high school youth do not drink.

Q. It's ok to give my son daughter a prescription drug that was prescribed for me right?

Never ever! When your doctor prescribed it for you it was specific to your symptoms and your consultation!

No one but a doctor has the legal authority to administer a prescribed drug to someone. Even though you think your doing a good thing because the drug helped you and give it to your child, it could have the opposite effect on them.

This can also send the wrong message to young people that it is ok to share prescription medications with others which can be very harmful and illegal. 10% of Spartanburg County youth reported using a prescription drug that was not prescribed for them.

Q. Do kids really listen to their parents when they talk about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use?

Yes! When parents have regular talks with their children about the risks of drugs and alcohol, the young person is 50% less likely to use than those who don’t get a strong no use message from parents.

Q. What is the age of first use of alcohol other drugs?

In South Carolina the average age of first use is 13 years old. This is pretty much the same as the national average. Research shows the younger a person first uses a drug the more likely they will abuse multiple drugs, have lower grades, drop out of school, become addicted, legal consequences, etc...  

So our job as a community is to prevent/delay a young person’s first use experience with alcohol and other drugs.

Q.What is the most common drug of abuse for teens?

Alcohol is the most common drug that teens use. It is easily accessible, legal drug for those over the age of 21, has common use among adults and has a long history of use in society. This is why is important to talk honestly and openly about a no use message of alcohol for those under 21 but also about responsible drinking for those of legal age over 21. So Talk about alcohol early and talk often to your teen.