NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Fifth graders aren't quite ready for a lecture on the dangers of alcohol, but show them a gross image and most of them will remember the message.
It worked in Nacogdoches Tuesday during the launch of Red Ribbon Week. Ten year olds groaned with disgust as they watched people throwing up over and over again people throwing up.
"That is disgusting," one child said.
A few chose to look the other way. For others a glimpse was sufficient.
The visuals portraying the nastiness of getting drunk were how "The Totally Disgusting Alcohol Gross-Out Video" got its title. The statewide Watch Ur BAC alcohol awareness program coordinator said the unique delivery is working.
"Using characterization such as we saw in the film, vomiting, passing out, are things that they tend to have stick in their young brains,' said Laura Mooney, the Watch Ur BAC coordinator.
"Oh, the barf," said Elizabeth Curtis, a fifth grader. "It was nasty."
Look at these kids' faces. They were into this video delivered by older peers. Mission accomplished.
"It's important that we show them what the effects are and how it does affect them," said Officer Carolyn Meredith with the NISD Police Department.
Drunk glasses distorted the children's vision. The clumsiness was fun, but it reinforced the film's message.
"I would say it's not good to drink because you could get in a very bad car wreck," Curtis said.
"You might not get hurt, but other people could get hurt, said Allen Tejava, a fifth grader.
"It can mess up your liver. You can get bad teeth," said Molly Harwell, a fifth grader. You can stop breathing and die. Get in a coma."
Powerful lessons delivered in a pretty gross way are making an impression on young minds.
Texas AgriLife educators deliver the Texas Department of Transportation-funded program statewide. For three days, they'll teach elementary, middle school, and high school students in Nacogdoches the dangers of alcohol abuse.
Older students see a more sobering film about an Austin teen who is killed in a drunk driving accident.