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Program to focus on underage drinking

On Thursday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m., the Rural Virginia United Coalition (RVUC), in partnership with the Prevention Services Division of the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board, will host a presentation by Dr. Victor DeNoble to alert the community to the risks of underage drinking and empower the community to take action to stop it.

The event will be held at the Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock at 235 School Street.

Research indicates that families exert a great deal of influence on whether a child uses alcohol later in life. “What parents may not realize,” said Cheryl Matteo-Kerney, director of the Prevention Services Division “is that children say that their parents’ disapproval of underage drinking is a key reason they have chosen not to drink.”

Studies show that children and teens are less likely to abuse alcohol if parents are involved in their children’s lives, make and enforce clear rules, and are positive role models.

Dr. DeNoble uses humorous visual aids to demonstrate the addictive qualities of alcohol and nicotine and their effects on the teenage brain.

Underage drinking is an important community concern. Among eighth-graders, about 1 in 20 (5.4%) reported being drunk at least once in the past month. Nearly 1 out of every 7 tenth-graders (14.4%), and about 2 out of every 7 twelfth-graders (27.6%) reported being drunk at least once in the last month.

The public is invited to the March 25 presentation. For more information, contact the RVUC at 1-888-PREV-550 or email .

posted 03.17.2010

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