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Start Talking Before They Start Drinking


What does ‘underage drinking’ mean in South Dakota? 
It means that 44% of high school students in the state had one or more alcoholic drinks in the past 30 days.*
It means that 30% had 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a row on one or more days during the past 30 days – qualifying as binge drinking.*
It means that South Dakota youngsters who drink alcohol are more likely than non-drinkers of the same age to develop alcohol dependence problems, die in a motor vehicle crash or suicide, and face an increased risk of carrying out or being a victim of a physical or sexual assault.

Underage drinking in South Dakota is a problem for the state, communities, schools and individual families. 

Do you want to learn more?  Are you interested in discovering what you can do to help reduce the underage drinking problem?  You are invited to the free Community Town Hall Meeting About Underage Drinking on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30PM.  During the meeting, you will have the opportunity to brainstorm with parents, teachers, students, officials and other community members about their concerns and possible solutions. 

Learn why it is so important to Start Talking Before They Start Drinking – and how to begin. 

The free Community Town Hall Meeting About Underage Drinking will be at the National Guard Armory (801 W. National Guard Drive – just north of the airport off Minnesota Ave) in Sioux Falls.  It is open to the public; there will be door prizes as well as a Question and Answer period and snacks offered.  This event is sponsored by the Coalition for a Drug-Free South Dakota and SAMHSA.

For people outside Sioux Falls, please click here to find out if there will be a Community Town Hall Meeting in your area.

To learn more about families’ role in preventing underage drinking, you can access the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking (PDF).

* South Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2007 (PDF)

Tuesday, April 1 2008

Q&A; Snacks Follow Meeting

National Guard Armory
801 W. National Guard Dr.
Sioux Falls, SD
(north of the airport
on Minnesota Ave.)

FREE and open to the public


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