In recognition of April as National Alcohol Awareness Month, the Rockford Alcohol Free Teens (RAFT) coalition will host a town hall meeting to educate the community about underage drinking and to mobilize efforts around prevention.
“Teens and Alcohol: Real Talk” will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, at the Rockford Public Library, 215 N. Wyman St., and is open to the public. Families and youth who have been affected by alcohol abuse are encouraged to attend.
In 2012, 41 percent of high school seniors in the U.S. drank alcohol in the last month. In Illinois, this percentage was even higher, with 47 percent of seniors reporting use in the last 30 days.
Underage drinking has been linked to poor academic performance, violence and sexual assault, and serious car crashes and fatalities.
In 2010, underage drinking cost the state of Illinois $2.9 billion in legal costs, medical bills, and other dollars that went toward the aftermath of adolescent alcohol use.
“Teens and Alcohol: Real Talk” is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHA).
For more details, contact Delicia Harris (815) 967-4036 or Delicia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the April 16-22, 2014, issue