Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 02, 2009

BPD Offers Parents Classes on Youth Alcohol/Drug Culture

BPD Offers Parents Classes on Youth Alcohol/Drug Culture

    Boise Officer Jermaine Galloway was recently awarded the National Law Enforcement Partner Award for Underage Drinking Enforcement Officer of the Year by the National Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

    Officer Galloway is now taking his efforts to prevent youth alcohol and drug abuse directly to parents. Officer Galloway is happy to help educate parents and other interested adults in ways to prevent the dangers of underage drinking. 

Email him at mailto:jgalloway@cityofboise.org

    Officer Galloway made several presentations during Red Ribbon Week in October, including this one during the lunch hour downtown at Boise City Hall. During the presentation, Officer Galloway explains how the rise in popularity of alcoholic energy drinks appears to correspond with officers seeing higher blood alcohol levels in youths. He has several examples that show almost identical packaging of alcoholic and non-alcoholic energy drinks. Officer Galloway also explains how the increase in sales of flavored beers appears to correspond with higher blood alcohol levels in young women. A flavored beer or alcoholic drink, sometimes called "alco-pops", may have alcohol levels as high as 11%.

    Officers also see many teens wearing brand name sandals that feature beer bottle openers, flasks, and small pockets underneath or hidden in the heel of the sandal. Other clothing lines feature logos symbolic with marijuana or drug use.

    Dangers of Underage Drinking:

    It's well documented, underage drinking can lead to tragedy. 

    Underage drinking is a factor in the 4 leading causes of death in people ages 10 to 24: motor vehicle crashes, unintentional injuries, homicide and suicide.

    Underage alcohol use can be prevented. Research shows teens are less likely to drink alcohol when access is difficult, both in the home and in the community, and parents explain that they expect "no use" before age 21 and monitor their children's activities.

    Research shows underage youth are less likely to drink and drive when the zero tolerance laws and consequences are publicized and enforced.

For more information on Preventing Underage drinking, go to:

  • www.madd.org
  • www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/underagedrinking/
  • www.camy.org/ (Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth)
  • www.marininstitute.org