Combating Underage Drinking September 22 1:30-3:30 PM EDT

Broadcast Overview 
Underage alcohol use and access by youth has been identified as a serious problem by policymakers and the public for the following reasons:

  • Alcohol is the drug most commonly used by youth.
  • Alcohol is one of the most common contributors to injury, death, and criminal behavior among young people.
  • Early onset of alcohol use increases the risk for chronic alcohol addiction.
This videoconference will provide participants with information about underage drinking patterns and problems, increasing awareness of its dangers and consequences. Trends in drinking by youth will also be reviewed which will lead to a better understanding of the problem and how it should be addressed.

The efforts of three communities to combat the problem will be highlighted. These communities have used a range of strategies to address the problem, including enforcing underage drinking laws and changing community norms and laws about drinking. These communities have also involved youth as leaders in their programs. Representatives from each of the communities will be available to describe the impact the programs have had on the problem and to answer participantsí questions. 

The videoconference will also review new initiatives by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to assist states and communities in developing effective strategies.

Broadcast Objectives
  • Present information about the range of serious health and social problems associated with underage drinking
  • Provide information about the Federal funding opportunities for states and communities and the important roles for governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations concerned with this issue
  • Share model approaches, strategies and methods to reduce underage drinking.

The Juvenile Justice Teleconference Website
For More information, please contact:
Jenny McWilliams at 859-622-6671

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