Angel’s work |

Angel’s work

Angel Bacio is a brave young man to put a face on the dangers of drinking. As he testified Tuesday at a community forum, the youth survived alcohol poisoning after a night of pounding down hard liquor to celebrate the end of the school year.Angel is only 15 years old. He was 14 when his binge drinking sent him to the Summit Medical Center. He said he started drinking heavily in the seventh grade.Angel is lucky. He did not die, as have two college students in recent weeks, one at Colorado State University and another at the University of Colorado at Boulder.Both colleges are figuring out how to deal with the culture of alcohol.Locally, the Summit County Drug-Free Communities Coalition wants to reduce substance abuse among young people, especially those in the elementary grades who will face middle school pressures to drink. That’s how bad it’s gotten in our society.The task is an imposing one. It’s complicated by Madison Avenue bombarding us with images that link alcohol to glamour, parties and sex.We salute the coalition on its mission. For those of us with young people at home, we are reminded the work begins with us and it can start immediately.

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