El Paso teens get lesson about drinking

According to a 2016 Texas school survey, more than 40 percent of high school students admitted to drinking in the previous month.

Some El Paso teens spent part of their summer break Tuesday learning about alcohol and health life decisions.

They did the learning at a conference hosted by El Paso Health and Rio Grande Safe Communities.

"Our goal is to provide young people with the tools they need to make informed decisions that will prevent them from engaging in destructive behavior," said Frank J. Dominguez Jr., president and CEO, of El Paso Health. "We believe success in life begins with making healthy decisions."

Dominguez said there's a perception that teens are safer now than they use to be, but that teens continued to be challenged by drugs and alcohol.

According to a 2016 Texas school survey, more than 40 percent of high school students admitted to drinking in the previous month.

"I think every community really does (because) it's high school and everyone is trying to fit in," said Miranda Montoya, a senior at Canutillo High School.

Montoya is on the student council. She said she hopes what she learned Tuesday can help her fellow classmates.

"I think it distracts them from what to really focus on like career-wise and school-wise," said Montoya.

About 30 to 50 teens attended the conference.

Organizers hope this event grows in the future and they can continue to help more Borderland youth.

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