Hampden students learn dangers of drinking. 

A group of 6th graders from Hampden are learning the dangers and consequences of early alcohol consumption.It’s part of the “Reach Out Now–Teach In” program.Cori Skall explains.”It’s called middle school for a reason..they’re in the middle. And if you can catch them in the middle, before they get in to high school, and give them a good grounding.”6th grade students at the Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden are learning about the consequences of early alcohol use.”Not just from a legal stand point, but physically. The effect it has on the body, and the effect is can have, long term, while using alcohol at the younger ages, while they’re still developing.”Senator Debra Plowman, sat in on one of the “Reach Out Now–Teach In” Sessions.”They’re very young, and what we are learning about brain development and the affects of alcohol on it. It’s not just experimentation..and I think the kids really need to learn that.”The student say they’ve learned a lot from the sessions.”We learned, yesterday, that it can put holes in your stomach, which really grossed me out!””you can get addicted and that can lead to many problems with the brain. It can deform it, and reduce the size of different parts of the brain.””I think it’s a lot harder to avoid alcohol, because alcohol is a lot easier to get your hands on, I think that it’s really great, and that we’ve learned how to say no, which is a really great thing.””The older you get, the more peer pressure you’re gonna have to do it. And if you don’t have the skills to say no, then you’re gonna be more likely to say yes.”At the completion of the program, all middle school students will be sent home with teaching aids to get their parents involved, as well.Cori Skall, WABI TV 5 News.>