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SAMHSA News - May/June 2008, Volume 16, Number 3

Underage Drinking: Communities Take Action

In cities and towns across the Nation, more than 1,600 town hall meetings convened this spring to address the problem of underage drinking.

Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., a rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, helped SAMHSA launch the first town hall meeting of the year in Riverton, WY, and another one in Lincoln, NE. The two states report the highest rates of underage drinking in the Nation.

Town meetings are part of a national effort to increase understanding and raise awareness of the public health dangers of underage drinking and to encourage individuals, families, and communities to combat and prevent it.

To learn about the short- and long-term consequences of underage drinking, get tips for parents on initiating conversations about alcohol, or obtain information on the town hall meetings, visit or call 1-877-SAMHSA-7.

To learn more about the Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking, visit

Highlights from Previous Issues of SAMHSA News

SAMHSA News articles on underage drinking include the following:

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