Local organizations and Texans Standing Tall host Community Regional Forum to Reduce underage drinking

Texans Standing Tall (TST), along with the Circles of San Antonio Community Coalition and the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SACADA), will host a Community Regional Forum to build awareness and generate action to reduce alcohol use among Texas youth. Nearly 75 community leaders from a diverse range of sectors are currently registered to attend and participate in action activities for change.

Among Texas youth, alcohol is the primary drug of choice – nearly double the use of other substances. Alcohol use is a gateway to other drugs and linked to risky behaviors such as unwanted and unplanned sexual activity, low test scores, truancy, and unintentional injuries. Underage drinkers are also at higher risk for suicide, violent acts, and homicide. According to a 2013 report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Texas taxpayers pay $16.5 billion per year in costs related to excessive drinking, with about $1.8 billion due to underage alcohol use.

Regional Forums equip community members with the information and tools necessary to effectively collaborate for change at the local, regional, and state levels. Attendees will learn the facts, gain the skills to persuade and engage stakeholders, and identify action steps to help prevent youth alcohol use.

Highlighted Presentations:                                                                                                                    
State & Local Assessment: The Impact of Underage Drinking on Our Communities
Community Solutions to Reduce Underage Drinking

When: June 20, 2014, 8:00am-4:00pm
Press access: 9:00-11:15am – Nicole Holt and Vickie Adams are available for comment at 11:15am, immediately following Ms. Holt’s presentation, Community Solutions to Reduce Underage Drinking.

Where: South Texas Centre, AT&T Building
7500 US Hwy 90 W, Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78227
Call 210-225-4741 for directions.

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