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Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking

Publication Date: May 23, 2019

Nearly 8 million American youth drink alcohol, illegally and dangerously. And while the rates of new users have declined, more than 66 million youth ages 12 and older were binge drinkers in the past month.

With support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), we can do something about this destructive trend. SAMHSA sponsors an initiative called Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking, where organizations receive a $750 planning stipend to organize a conversation about underage alcohol use, its impact and prevention opportunities.

Communities Talk event  can take many forms—such as at a local YMCA or college student center—and focus on whatever aspect of underage drinking is most critical in your community, be it youth access to alcohol, binge drinking among young adults or maximizing opportunities for community partnerships to combat underage drinking. 

Get started today by emailing to request an invitation to register.

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