Judy Griffith, the chemical awareness program coordinator for the Helena School District, in Montana couldn't agree more.
"The use of alcohol is a monumental problem," she
said, noting that alcohol causes more problems for young people and adults than all other forms of drug abuse combined.
"There's a great reluctance to face this because, as a culture, we have such ambivalent feelings about alcohol," Griffith
But vandalism is minor in comparison to the increased risk of violence, suicide, rape and fatal traffic accidents that have been linked to teenagers' use of alcohol and other drugs in Montana.
Many of those tragedies come on the heels of binge drinking.
"Five in two hours, that's nothing, they laugh at five," Griffith
"The three most dangerous words a parent can say are 'not my kid,' " Griffith