Columbia County group seeks information from residents on alcohol use

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:42 AM
Last updated 7:59 PM
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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 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.


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

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Riverman1 06/27/12 - 11:23 am
Left out my zipcode and I'm

Left out my zipcode and I'm firmly in Columbia County 30907.

But if we participate in this study do we get to drink and then try to drive around a course or something? Come down to the VFW and buy everyone a few rounds and observe the effect.

Ginot 06/27/12 - 12:16 pm

They need to know where to set up the DUI checkpoints....

David Parker
David Parker 06/27/12 - 12:30 pm
I'll think about responding

I'll think about responding after a nip of scotch after work today. Come to think of it, that's pretty much my habit in a nutshell. Use this info wisely. Who am I kidding? I'm in 30907 too.

stillamazed 06/27/12 - 01:05 pm
Like a parent is really going

Like a parent is really going to admit that they buy their kids alcohol....listen, this generation is no different from the past generations, they are going to want to try something they think they shouldn't. Awareness needs to start at home! Parents need to talk to their children about the dangers of drinking and drugs and underage sex. I don't need an outside organization to do my job for me.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 06/27/12 - 01:08 pm
Totally Worthless

The information gained from this survey will be meaningless. As Sargebaby said over on the R&R page, the responses to the questions will likely be quite inaccurate. People (especially young people) love to mess with surveys and pollsters. The people analyzing the responses have no way to verify the truthfulness.

Waste of time and money.

tanbaby 06/27/12 - 02:07 pm
and try as they may, underage

and try as they may, underage drinking will NEVER stop....

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