Hodac Inc., a non-profit in Warner Robins that works to prevent substance abuse, will screen a documentary about underage drinking at Fort Valley State University Thursday.
The group surveyed 1,300 kids, teens, and community members in Fort Valley, Warner Robins, Perry and Roberta. They then used those statistics as a jumping off point for the documentary.
The survey asked people a variety of questions from when they started to drink, to how often they drink and to whether parents have talked to them about alcohol.
"Data showed that 11 percent of the kids who are drinking are drinking not just once or twice a month, but drinking between 3 to 9 days out of the month. That's a significant amount when you are talking about 9 to 17 years old, they are not even close to being of age," said Heather Carr, prevention coordinator, at Hodac Inc.
Carr said the goal was to create a documentary with stories of kids by kids.
"We really were interested in capturing the perspectives of the kids who are at the age that these things are happening and are dealing with the pressures, the peer pressures of social and community norms that tend to tell them that everybody does it, it's just part of growing up," said Carr.
Carr said that she wants it to start conversations between parents and teens.
"Parents tend to talk to their high school and college age kids about alcohol use, but they are not talking to the younger kids the middle school and the elementary school kids and as much and what we are finding is that when they are starting to drink," said Carr.
The documentary will premiere at the C.W. Pettigrew Center at Fort Valley State University Thursday at 3 p.m. There will be a discussion following the screening.
But if you get there early, there will be food, booths and a red carpet photo op.