Cate is a Ventura County teenager who wrote this letter in response to a recent Ventura County Star article.
This letter is in comment to the article “Ventura Store Loses License to Sell Alcohol” published October 21, 2010. I would like to commend the officers that revoked the alcohol license of the AM/PM; it is a step in the right direction. However, more needs to be done to prevent teens from drinking.
As a high school student, I know a lot about trends among my peers. Something I have noticed is underaged drinking.
I have heard many of my peers talk about drinking like it is not a big deal. I think there needs to be more education in schools about how dangerous this trend really is. It would be best to have teens talking to other teens about alcohol; it is a more powerful message to hear from your peers. That is why I volunteer with Straight Up in Ventura County, an alcohol prevention group. I really think it is more effective for Ventura’s youth to teach other teens and their parents about this problem.
Although there is a lot being done to prevent teen drinking, like the Social Host Ordinance and police officers cracking down on stores like AM/PM, there is a lot more that will need to be done if we want to change this culture among Ventura’s youth.