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Dry Grad: Helping Our Grads Stay Safe

May 13, 2014 by HealthyFamilies BC

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It's that time of year again, when Dry Grad displays at the checkout of government liquor stores remind you that grad season is upon us. In 2012, more than 250 high schools in 55 school districts shared in the $540,692 raised. But beyond the posters and chocolate bars for sale, what's this campaign really all about? Dry grads are supervised celebrations where no alcohol or other drugs are allowed. The goal is to reduce the risk of harm to the graduates, and the community at large, on a night when that risk is unusually high. We all know what form these harms can take: from car crashes to falls, injuries, and fights, to ruined relationships because you made out with the wrong person (not that I would have firsthand knowledge of that, of course!).

More importantly, dry grads are one way to prove that alcohol is not a necessary component to having fun. To provide some support, a new guidebook called “Life Starts Now!” was released in 2012 to help parent committees plan, organize and stage a successful dry grad.  So if you have students who are graduating, check with their school’s Parent Advisory Committee to find out if a dry grad is being planned and offer a hand. If you have students a few years younger, it’s never too early to start planning for their dry grad celebration.

In addition to the government liquor stores, other local businesses are likely looking for your contributions to support grads in your area.

What's happening in your community to help our grads celebrate safely and responsibly?

Today's blog is written by Manik Saini. Manik is a policy analyst at the BC Ministry of Health. While recognizing that alcohol is a big part of our culture, he works to reduce its negative impacts on British Columbians. He’s looking forward to blogging for Healthy Families BC. Welcome aboard Manik!

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