YMCA of El Paso

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Youth and young adults are particularly vulnerable to alcohol-related consequences, including sexual assault, unplanned sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases, unintentional injuries, and school and legal problems. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates the cost of underage drinking, including health care, lost productivity, criminal justice, and traffic crash costs, to be $1.8 billion per year in Texas. This amount allocated based on population amounts to an economic burden of $48 million every year for El Paso.

Find the full report here: Underage Drinking in El Paso: A Status Report

On December 6, 2016 the City of El Paso became the first city in Texas to adopt a civil Social Host Ordinance (SHO) to help prevent underage drinking parties. San Antonio adopted their SHO a week later, and regionally our neighbors in Anthony, NM and Luna County, NM have also adopted SHO's to help keep young people safe and healthy. Late in 2016, the landmark report Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health was released. In addition to the treatment science, the report includes recommendations about what communities can do to reduce alcohol-related harm. Civil social host ordinances (like El Paso recently adopted) are specifically recommended; the report says that while the research on this strategy is still emerging, findings currently show that social host ordinances reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes as well as other alcohol-related problems.


Check out the Surgeon General’s Report here: Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health


If you are interested in being part of our regional efforts to create healthier environments and reduce alcohol-related harm, please call Jeremy Jordan at 915-422-5124 or Daniela Marquez at 915-256-0038 or email us at Jeremy Jordan or Daniela Marquez.