JUNEAU - Forty-nine percent of Juneau middle school students have tried alcohol, and 81 percent of Juneau high school seniors drink alcohol more than experimentally, according to the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Juneau is one of hundreds of communities nationwide that will hold a town hall meeting on underage drinking prevention, at 6 p.m. on April 3 in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons, to discuss and raise awareness about the issue of underage drinking.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, in collaboration with the Federal Government's Interagency Coordinating Committee for the Prevention of Underage Drinking and the Juneau Coalition for Youth, is sponsoring the event.
Neurologist Dr. Susan Hunter-Joerns will present on the impact of alcohol on the developing teenage brain. Parents, teachers, officials, youth and other community members will be educated about the impact that underage drinking has on the community, and they will develop possible ways to address the issue.
After the meeting Dr Hunter-Joerns along with panelists Judge Keith Levy, Principal Bernie Sorenson, Officer Blaine Hatch and others will be available for comment.
For more information, call the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence at 463-3755.