Alerting kids to dangers of alcohol abuse

RAYMONDVILLE — In the Rio Grande Valley, statistics show children take their first drink of alcohol when they are about 12.

But Elizabeth Urbina knows people who started drinking alcohol when they were 6.

“The younger they are when they start using alcohol, the higher the risk of them suffering from alcoholism later in life,” Urbina said yesterday.

Urbina, a drug prevention specialist with Communities Against Substance Abuse, or CASA, an anti-drug group in Willacy County, is preparing to launch her annual campaign as part of April’s Alcohol Awareness Month.

“In Willacy County, we have a very big problem when it comes to drinking alcohol,” she said.

On April 11, the group will hold a town hall meeting on the dangers of underage drinking in Raymondville, said Rosalie Tristan, CASA’s coordinator.

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