Want to be part of the solution in addressing problems associated with underage drinking?
The public is invited to a town hall meeting on underage drinking from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brainerd High School small theater.
The event will be facilitated by Youth as Resources of Brainerd and is sponsored by Crow Wing County Public Health, Operation ARMMS (Addressing, Responding, Managing Meth and other Substances) and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Underage Drinking Research Initiative:
Underage drinking is a major public health concern.
Alcohol is the drug of choice among children and adolescents.
Annually, 5,000 youths under age 21 die from motor vehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries and homicides and suicides that involve underage drinking.
According to an annual survey of U.S. youths, three-fourths of 12th-graders, more than two-thirds of 10th-graders and two in every five eighth-graders have consumed alcohol.
When youth drink, they tend to drink excessively - or binge drink - often consuming four to five drinks at one time.
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