Underage drinking topic of meeting at Central HS Wednesday

A town hall meeting about the problem of underage drinking will take place Sept. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Central High School, 24617 75th St. (Highway 50), Paddock Lake.

The meeting will educate parents, teachers, officials, youth, and other community members about the impact underage drinking has on the community. Panelists representing law enforcement, health care, insurance, and other community stakeholders will be presenting information and will be available for questions and public comment. Together, they will discuss possible ways to address the issue.

“What parents may not realize is that children say that their parents’ disapproval of underage drinking is a key reason they have chosen not to drink,” ” said Steve Fredriksson, SPF process director for the Stand Tall Against Alcohol project of the Concerned Citizens Coalition.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  of the US Department of Health and Human Services reports children and teens are less likely to abuse alcohol if parents are involved in their children’s lives, make and enforce clear rules, and are positive role models.


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