If you’re like most parents, you do everything you can to make sure your pre-teen or teen has a happy, healthy future. Unfortunately, sometimes young people are tempted to try alcohol before they turn 21, or experiment with drugs. Not only can this behavior harm a growing body and brain, it can lead to failure in school, and in life.

This website has been created to help educate parents and kids about the dangers of underage drinking and the use of drugs, from marijuana and methamphetamines, to prescription and over-the-counter drugs. You’ll also find information about resources in Weld County that can help you and your family in many ways.

2nd Annual RARWC Essay Contest Offers Scholarship Opportunity

Weld County high school seniors who are graduating in 2018 and interested in furthering their education are invited to enter the second annual scholarship essay competition sponsored by Responsible Alcohol Retailers of Weld County (RARWC).

To enter, the senior must submit a completed application, including a 500-word essay and a letter of recommendation.

Submit Your Essay Contest Entry By 3 p.m. Friday, April 6


For more information, contact Weld Country Prevention Partners Coordinator Nomie Ketterling at nomie.ketterling@nrbh.org or call (970) 313-1159. Essays become the property of RARWC and may be featured on the organization’s website.

Set A Great Example On St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in America. There are parades from coast to coast, and everyone seems to be Irish, right? Another St. Patrick’s Day tradition is drinking: Guinness, green beer, Shamrock juice or other cocktails are the choice of the day. More people seem to wake up with hangovers on Feb. 18 than any other day of the year. While it can be fun to celebrate like a Leprechaun, what kind of message is it sending to our children?

When youngsters see mom or dad or Uncle Jack drinking too much on St. Patrick’s Day, they perceive this as “normal” behavior. You’re sending a message that it’s okay to overindulge in alcohol on special holidays and let things get out of hand. We’ve all seen someone switch from a “happy” drunk to one that’s sick, or irrational or even abusive. And that can be scary for children.

Many adults seem to think that holidays like St. Patrick’s Day are “special” and they can give their teen or college-aged student a drink to celebrate. But nothing could be further from the truth. It is illegal to serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21, no matter what day of the year it is. It’s the law. And if you tell a young person that it’s okay to break the rules about drinking on one day, they may decide it’s okay to do on other days as well. We now know that alcohol has a negative affect on brains in those less than 25 years of age. We also know that those who begin drinking alcohol in their teens are more likely to grow up with alcohol problems as adults.

This St. Patrick’s Day, set a good example for the young people around you. Don’t overindulge in alcohol, don’t drive after you’ve “had a few” and don’t offer alcohol to anyone underage. Let them know you can have a great time celebrating a holiday without making alcohol the center of attention.

Susan Albert is the owner/operator of Fat Albert’s Restaurant since 1982. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Psychology. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to manager, pie baker, menu designer, bartender and hostess.



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“How Much Does Your Teen Know About Drugs and Alcohol?”

“Marijuana and Vaping Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Teenagers”

“Preparing Your Teen For Valentine’s Day”

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*Stats courtesy of Drug Abuse.gov
12th graders who used marijuana in the past month
12th graders now use marijuana every day
The amount of THC in marijuana has increased over the past few decades



  • The potency of marijuana has more than tripled in the U.S. since the 1990s.
  • In the Netherlands, marijuana’s THC levels are regulated to be 15% or less. In Colorado, the average potency is 17.1 percent in flowers/buds and the average potency in concentrates is 62.1%
  • Colorado ranks first in the nation for the use of marijuana by youth ages 12+.
  • Research now shows marijuana is harmful to developing brains of adolescents, which may result in psychotic symptoms, schizophrenia, drug addiction and lower IQs.
  • The rise of high-potency marijuana has coincided with increases in hospitalizations and poison center calls in Colorado.
  • A major study published in Lancet Psychiatry Journal found that youth using marijuana daily had a 60% higher chance of never completing high school.
  • The same study found that kids who begin using marijuana before the age of 17 are 7 times more likely to commit suicide than those who don’t.
  • In Colorado, one of three high school seniors report using marijuana before they were 15.
  • Young people who use marijuana regularly are more likely to have memory issues, difficulty learning and lower math and reading scores.
  • Marijuana is addictive. It’s harder to stop using marijuana if you start at a young age.


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