(This blog is written to inform parents & others of the disturbing trends of teenagers.)
Do you know what your teen is putting in his/her lunchbox? "Zippers" are commercially produced "Jell-O shots" (cups of fruity flavored gelatin and alcohol), the sweet, chilled concoctions that, in the past, could only be found in bars and liquor stores. "Zippers" are dangerous, because they come packaged in containers that look just like any other snack pack a teen puts in their lunchbox and it makes it easy for teens to sneak alcohol into school.
THESE GELATIN CUPS HAVE BRIGHT COLORS AND CATCHY NAMES, LIKE:
Zippers tastes a lot like Kool-aid.
EACH CUP CONTAINS 12% 24-PROOF ALCOHOL.
The "Zippers" packaging is clearly marked with a government alcohol warning, but in a crowded, busy school cafeteria, once the lid is ripped off, it looks just like Jell-O.
"Zippers" are sold in bars, liquor stores, and GROCERY STORES in eleven states, including TEXAS, GEORGIA, TENNESSEE, KENTUCKY, VIRGINIA, INDIANA, OHIO, NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT , MASSACHUSETTS AND WISCONSIN.
- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse reports that alcohol is a factor in the four leading causes of death among persons 10 to 24: motor vehicle crashes, unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide.
- Once teenagers start drinking, they are more likely to experiment with other substances and engage in other risky behavior.
- 75% of eighth graders and 89% of tenth graders believe that alcohol is readily available to them for consumption.
- More than 40% of individuals who start drinking before the age of 13 will develop aclohol dependence at some point in their lives.
- If the onset of drinking is delayed by five years, a child's risk of a serious alcohol problem is decreased by 50%.