With graduation season upon us, the Hamilton Police Department and the Hamilton Area Community Coalition visited the Hamilton farmer’s market last weekend to raise awareness about underage drinking. The campaign, “Parents Who Host Lose the Most – Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking,” reminded parents to be purposeful in hosting safe parties which do not include alcohol for teens. Providing alcohol to a minor is not something to joke about, it’s a criminal offense.
Special thanks to Officer Michael Mordus, Jr, for showing his community spirit at the event. He demonstrated his commitment to a safe & healthy Hamilton by handing out balloons to the kids, giving tours of his police cruiser, tasting "mocktails", and taking time to have serious discussions with parents about hosting safe parties. Officer Mordus worked a night shift, then still took time to help out at this event on a hot summer day. The Hamilton Police truly care about the safety of our community – take every opportunity to thank them!
Underage drinking is a larger issue than many realize. Did you know that the average Madison County teen takes his/her first drink at age 13? It is never too early to start talking to your child about healthy choices regarding alcohol, and to start modeling responsible drinking in your home. For more information on starting a conversation about alcohol with your child, visit www.hamiltoncoalition.com/parents.