Columbia County group seeks information from residents on alcohol use

A community group wants information from residents in Augusta and Columbia counties about alcohol use in an effort to prevent underage drinking.

Columbia County Comm­unity Connections is asking residents of the 30907 and 30909 ZIP codes in Augusta and four Columbia County ZIP codes – 30809, 30813, 30814 and 30802 – to take a short survey.

The 30909 ZIP code includes most of the area south of Interstate 20 to Gordon Highway and from Jimmie Dyess Parkway to Washington Road.

Paige Miller, the director of planned giving at Community Connections, said she’s working with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to collect about 2,600 surveys before Friday.

The surveys are developed for three age groups – 9-17, 18-25 and 26 and over.

The state department will use the information to formulate an alcohol awareness campaign. Miller said she’ll use the information gleaned from the surveys locally.

“We’re actually going to do a (local) awareness campaign,” Miller said. “The needs assessment (survey) really is to build a prevention campaign targeting underage drinking. In Columbia County right now, we really want to target parents that buy it or let their kids have parties with alcohol and older siblings that buy it for younger siblings.”

Questions included on the youngest groups’ survey ask if they’ve tried alcohol and how they got it. The survey for 18-to-25-year-olds focuses on binge drinking and how they obtained alcohol if they drank underage.

The adult survey asks opinions of binge drinking and police response to underage drinking.

Surveys are due by Friday.

To take an online survey, visit www.connectcolumbia.org. Miller said the front page of the site is confusing and those taking the survey should take care to choose the correct age group.

For questions, or to fill out a paper survey, call Miller at (706) 556-0609.

HOW TO HELP

To take the online survey, visit www.connectcolumbia.org. For questions, or to fill out a paper survey, call (706) 556-0609.

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