For immediate release
March 27, 2006
Contact: Jacquie Lucy
CCBC SCHOOL OF JUSTICE HOSTS TOWN HALL MEETING
DRINKING MARCH 28
Dundalk campus one of 16 Maryland locations for
this national event
Did you know?
First use of alcohol usually begins around the age of 13!
Junior and senior high school students drink 35% of all wine coolers
sold in the US and they also consume 1.1 billion cans of beer.
Approximately two thirds of teenagers who drink buy their own alcohol.
Use of alcohol is associated with the leading causes of death and
injury among teenagers and young adults.
Alcohol use at an early age is an indicator of future drug and alcohol
Baltimore County, Md. – The School of Justice at The
Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) will host a Town Hall
meeting on underage drinking prevention at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28
in the K-Building Theatre on the Dundalk campus, 7200 Sollers Point
Road. CCBC is one of 16 locations in Maryland to host this nationwide
“Children as young as eight years old are starting to drink alcohol in
significant numbers to require intervention and prevention. This Town
Meeting offers an opportunity for the community to share their
experiences and concerns on underage drinking in the neighborhoods,”
notes Tanya Jones, director of the Professional Development Center for
Excellence at the School of Justice. “We are fortunate to have expert
panelists including R. L. Wright, author of “Street Smart,” retired
Baltimore City Police Officer and owner and operator of a Drug and
Alcohol Rehabilitation Center in the Dundalk, and Officer Terry Mills,
Baltimore County Police Department’s Crash Team, to lead this
discussion, but the focus is on interaction with the community to
address this problem.”
Underage drinking has been on the
rise across the country affecting children as young as eight years of
age. According to the Start Talking before They Start Drinking website,
underage drinking puts children under age 15 at an increased risk for a
variety of health and safety risks including:
Injury – Both of being injured while under the influence or of
starting a fight after drinking.
Sexual activity – Alcohol abuse by teens is a strong predictor
of both sexual activity and unprotected sex.
Academic problems and truancy – have been associated with
Illicit drug use – More than 67 percent of those who start
drinking before age 15 will try an illicit drug.
Drunk driving – Traffic accidents are the number one killer of
teens and over one third of teen traffic deaths are alcohol-related.
This Town Hall Meeting is free and open to the public. For additional
information, call Tanya Jones at 443-840-3740.