Underage Drinking Can Have Long Term Effects

We do hear about it when high school prom is upon us.

But underage drinking seems to know no season.

And there can be serious long term effects steming from a series of bad decisions.

In February, 2012 more than 60 teens were cited for underage drinking.

On June 30th of last year, another party nets 61 incidents of teenaged drinking.

A few weeks later, 20 more are cited at a large party.

This past Friday night...it happened again. Nineteen teens were at a home near 156th and Pine. The parents were out of town. A 17-year-old girl was charged with procuring alcohol.

Omaha Police Sergeant Jason Menning talks about the pratfalls of underage drinking at area schools.

"It shows responsibility, are you responsible enough to be home alone and in this case obviously not," he said
"They're going to have to explain it when they go to college, job interviews...what's going on? Not just police do background checks, corporations do background checks or if they are getting a scholarship there's going to be a background check there."

In this case, the 17-year-old girl was a senior athlete at Millard North.

Rose Shires has recruited a lot of high school students to her successful volleyball program at UNO.

“We do background checks on our prospective student/athletes," she said.

Shires said coaches check out social media and want to know all they can about a prospective recruit.

"Word travels fast if somebody has gotten into trouble and has made some bad choices...like most human beings do,” she said. “You make a bad choice now and then, it doesn't define who you are unless you are doing it consistently."

Shriers says hopefully the teens learn from those mistakes and can still achieve their future goals.

Shires says most scholarships have clauses written in if a recruit has had some problems socially or academically and it's up to the student-athlete to follow those guidelines.

Police said most of those underage drinkers caught Friday night were more than twice the legal limit for adults of .08.

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