LOGAN – A recent event at Zootah at Logan’s Willow Park was sponsored by the Bear River Health Department, designed to help educate parents on the dangers of underage drinking.
Charlie Seifert, prevention specialist at Bear River Health, said it was a bonding experience for parents and children.
“It opens the door to bring up topics of underage drinking with your children,” said Seifert, “and have that interaction which is very influential.”
He said posted signs throughout the zoo informed parents on ways to keep their kids alcohol free.
“It’s a good time to talk about underage drinking and actually set some alcohol use rules. A larger problem, I would say, is that 43 percent of youth that drink in 12th grade were allowed alcohol use at home with their parent’s permission.”
Seifert said State Representative Dan Johnson, R-District 4, and Logan City Police Chief Gary Jensen were among officials attending the event presented by Parents Empowered and the Northern Utah Substance Abuse Prevention team.