Linn County STAND (Students Taking Action Not Drinking)

Linn County STAND is a group of Linn County high school students who are committed to helping their peers make positive choices. We are working hard to reduce underage drinking and other risky behaviors associated with youth alcohol use and meet monthly to plan and coordinate our countywide prevention activities. For the 2016-2017 school year we are promoting the fact that most Linn County youth are making positive choices and do not use alcohol. To accomplish this, we are coordinating a countywide media campaign, assisting with community presentations, and providing prevention activities and materials for middle school students.

If you are interested in joining, please complete an Application. Returning members will need to submit a Parent Permission Form. For more information, contact Shannon Snair by email or at 541-967-3819.

Please Support Linn County STAND

Are you willing to donate $10, $25, or $50 to help prevent underage drinking in Linn County? Donations will help Linn County STAND provide additional materials to help students make positive decisions about alcohol use during these critical times.

Last year, council members volunteered more than 750 hours in our community, educating their peers on the harmful effects of alcohol use.

Please send a check payable to “Linn County Alcohol & Drug Prevention” to the address below if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation.

Thank you for your support! A receipt will be mailed to you.

For additional information, please contact Shannon Snair at 541-967-3819 or ssnair@co.linn.or.us

Shannon Snair
Linn County Health Services
P.O. Box 100
Albany, OR 97321

Linn County S.T.A.N.D. October 2016 kick-off meeting

Tips to Prevent Underage Drinking During the Holidays

As friends and families gather to celebrate the holidays there will be an increase in social events and the amount of alcohol available. Increased availability, combined with busy holiday schedules, may contribute to easier access of alcohol among teens on winter break. This holiday season be mindful of the drinking behaviors you are modeling for youth and consider these tips:

  • Be clear with your expectations. Let your child know that although some adults may be drinking alcohol, they are not allowed to consume any amount.
  • Adults may be tempted to “break the rules” and offer teens alcohol during the holiday season as a treat or gesture of affection. Encourage friends and family not to offer alcohol to teens.
  • If you are hosting a holiday party with alcohol, remove all empty or half-empty cups or containers as soon as possible.
  • Teach your children that they can have fun without alcohol. Serve alcohol-free holiday drinks for all age groups in your home.
  • Make sure your child is maintaining healthy friendships—having friends who drink puts your child at greater risk.
  • Ask: Who, What, When, Where. Knowing your child’s whereabouts helps you supervise and avoid any confusion about your child’s intentions and activities.

Host Safe Holiday Events

  • Don’t host adult parties where only alcoholic beverages are served or where drinking is the central focus of the gathering.
  • Don’t serve or bring alcohol to kids’ celebrations (sporting events, birthdays, graduations, etc).
  • Never serve alcohol to anyone under age 21, and don’t allow children to serve alcohol to others.
  • If serving alcohol to adults, keep alcoholic drinks separate in a controlled area.
  • Always know what kids are drinking.
  • After a party, clean up right away — prevent kids from sipping leftovers.

How to Keep Kids Safe from Alcohol

For monthly tips on talking to your kids about alcohol and other drugs, text “linntogether” to 88202.