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
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 www.stopalcoholabuse.gov or
To learn more about
to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage
Drinking, visit www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/underagedrinking.
Highlights from Previous Issues of SAMHSA News
SAMHSA News articles on underage drinking include the
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