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SAMHSA News - May/June 2008, Volume 16, Number 3

Underage Drinking:
Communities Take Action

photo of U.S. Surgeon General Steven K. Galson at town hall meeting discussing the prevention and reduction of underage drinking
At the University of Nebraska, Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson (at microphone) and the state’s First Lady Sally Ganem (at podium) answer audience questions at one of the first town hall meetings on underage drinking.

Start Talking Before They Start Drinking - www.stopalcoholabuse.govIn cities and towns across the Nation, more than 1,600 town hall meetings convened this spring to address the problem of underage drinking.

Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., a rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, helped SAMHSA launch the first town hall meeting of the year in Riverton, WY, and another one in Lincoln, NE. The two states report the highest rates of underage drinking in the Nation.

photo of U.S. Surgeon General Steven K. Galson and female participant discussing the prevention and reduction of underage drinking
After the presentation, the Surgeon General (left) spoke with participants.  
Town meetings are part of a national effort to increase understanding and raise awareness of the public health dangers of underage drinking and to encourage individuals, families, and communities to combat and prevent it.

To learn about the short- and long-term consequences of underage drinking, get tips for parents on initiating conversations about alcohol, or obtain information on the town hall meetings, visit or call 1-877-SAMHSA-7.

To learn more about the Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking, visit
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Highlights from Previous Issues of SAMHSA News

SAMHSA News articles on underage drinking include the following:

Report to Congress Offers Plan To Reduce Underage Drinking (May/June 2006)

Underage Drinking: A Call to Action
(March/April 2007)

Summer Means More Underage Drinking
(July/August 2007).


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SAMHSA News - May/June 2008, Volume 16, Number 3


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