Stop Your Underage Child From Drinking

by Press Release | Oct 8, 2006
Stop Your Underage Child From Drinking The public is invited to a free, educational workshop on underage drinking, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2006, in the library at Haddonfield Middle School, 5 Lincoln Avenue, Haddonfield.

Hosted by the Camden County Department of Health & Human Services-Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, the workshop is made possible through the Camden County Municipal Alliances program, a substance-abuse prevention effort funded by the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

The workshop, whose topics will include information for parents on “How to Tell and What to Do If Your Underage Child is Drinking,” brings together prevention experts and grassroots planners who have been chosen by their municipalities to explore ways to combat underage drinking within their given towns.

“According to a study conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one out of every two 8th graders has tried alcohol, and more kids use alcohol than use tobacco or illicit drugs,” noted Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the county Department of Health & Human Services. “It’s important for parents to consider these statistics as studies show that children who begin drinking alcohol before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol problems than those who start after age 21,” Rodriguez said.

The workshop will include Alliance members from 34 of Camden County’s 37 municipalities. The municipalities of Berlin Township, Pine Valley and Tavistock are not participants.

Members of the public interested in attending the workshop are asked to provide advance notice to the Camden County Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Municipal Alliances program, at (856) 374-6368. For further information, call the Division at (856)374-6316.

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