By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Gwinnett County teens raise awareness against underage drinking

Lawrenceville, Ga – The Helping Others Organize Kreative Everyday Differences (HOOKED) Teen Club has planned a 5K and Fun Run event with the goal of bringing attention to underage drinking, encourage peers to thrive and keep adults from providing alcohol to minors. The “Alcohol Free Gets Me …” 5k and Fun Run will be held on April 26 at Tribble Mill Park at 7:30 a.m. during Alcohol Awareness Month, which is also peak prom and graduation season. All proceeds of the race will support the Teen Institute through Gwinnett United In Drug Education (GUIDE, Inc) and the HOOKED Teen Club, the club is currently seeking corporate sponsorship.

“My fellow teens and I feel this race is important because it gives our community a chance to get out on a Saturday morning, meet new people and potentially find a new hobby.” Said Kyra Keenan, HOOKED Teen Club President. ”We believe if we give our peers a healthy outlet, they are less likely to drink or get themselves into other forms of trouble.” This race is organized by teens that have chosen to be alcohol free in an effort to show other teens in the community there are peers that support the choice to be alcohol free.

The facts are startling for underage drinking, 25% of Gwinnett high school youth report binge drinking and alcohol use among youth is much higher than drug use. 30% of Gwinnett high school youth who drink get alcohol from parents or other adults. Youth allowed to drink at home are likely to drink elsewhere because they believe they have their parents’ approval. Youth who drink before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol problems as an adult. Underage drinking can harm brain development and lower brain capacity.

Tribble Mill Park is located at 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway, Lawrenceville GA. Runners can pre-register for $25 before April 12 and $30 after by calling 678-277-0900 or online at www.tinyurl.com/lejbxoj. Register by April 12 to guarantee a t-shirt, goody bag and snacks. Awards will be given out for the top three runners in each category.