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Free Alcohol Prevention Program for Prom Season

Monday, June 03, 2013

PEQUANNOCK, N.J., May 1, 2013 — Proms and end-of-school parties heighten the risk of underage drinking, with an erroneous perception that it’s acceptable at those events.  But underage drinking any time is dangerous (and against the law), impairing teenagers’ motor skills and ability to reason.

To demonstrate the effects of alcohol, NewBridge Services offering its free Fatal Vision® goggles program to schools and organizations.  Over the past year, 1,800 students from 11 area schools have worn the Fatal Vision® goggles to experience the sensation of losing control to alcohol.

Alcohol consumption is particularly detrimental to teenagers, because their brains don’t fully develop until they reach the mid-20s.

“They are more susceptible to becoming addicted, and the alcohol can damage the portion of the brain that handles memory, which affects their ability to learn,’’ said Mary Vineis, prevention services coordinator at NewBridge.  The nonprofit provides educational programs, mental health services and affordable housing in northern New Jersey.


NewBridge runs the free program and also lends the kit to teachers, police officers, student assistance coordinators, school resource officers, nurses or other leaders of children’s groups. The kit includes goggles, class materials, videos and teaching guides.


School officials rave about the hands-on program, which includes a video and discussion. One educator noted that its incorporation of diverse learning styles allows it to reach all students.


Funding is provided through a federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  For more information or to receive a copy of NewBridge’s prevention program brochure for schools and youth organizations, call Mary Vineis at (973) 839-2521 ext. 2228.

About NewBridge

NewBridge is a premier provider of counseling services, housing and educational programs in northern New Jersey, helping more then 10,000 people – from young children to seniors – every year. Throughout its 50-year history, the nonprofit has remained true to its mission of bringing balance to people’s lives by tracking shifts in communities’ needs and providing innovative, effective programs to meet them.

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