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Town Hall Meeting e-alerts are technical assistance newsletters to help event organizers plan, host, and evaluate events aimed at mobilizing a community around evidence-based prevention of underage drinking.

Get the new Guide to Youth Engagement in Underage Drinking Prevention Events

Youth and young adults have many ideas and opinions about the issues that affect their daily lives, including their health. The purpose of this guide is to help organizations effectively partner with youth to plan and conduct efforts to prevent and reduce underage drinking.

Date: 06/14/2016


Communities Get Talking About Underage Drinking Prevention; Get the New Planning Guide for Colleges and Universities

Hundreds of community based organizations, as well as colleges and universities, have successfully held Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking events across the United States to educate communities about underage drinking and to mobilize them around its prevention.

Date: 06/01/2016


Register for the June 15 Webinar on Engaging Youth in Underage Drinking Prevention; $500 Planning Stipends Still Available

As community-based organizations, as well as colleges and universities, hold events for National Prevention Week (May 15–21) and Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking , the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will hold a webinar on Engaging Youth in Underage Drinking Prevention on June 15 from 2-3 p.m. EDT. The webinar will address strategies for organizations who wish to engage youth in prevention, but have not yet started.

Date: 05/12/2016


Updated Underage Drinking and College Student Drinking Factsheets Available

SAMHSA has released two updated factsheets on underage drinking (PDF | 239KB) and college student drinking (PDF | 207KB).

The underage drinking factsheet provides an overview of underage alcohol use and the overall health and safety risks. The factsheet also includes data on underage drinking by adolescents and young adults as well as a breakdown of underage drinking by gender and racial/ethnic group, including information about the downward trend in current, binge, and heavy drinking in the last 12 years.
The college student drinking factsheet gives an overview of the issue and breaks down binge and heavy drinking by gender, alcohol use consequences, and alcohol use prevention.
Download, print, and share these factsheets throughout the year as a part of your underage drinking prevention efforts.

Date: 05/11/2016


New Downloadable Quick Start Planning Guide Available

An easy-to-download version of the Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking Quick Start Planning Guide is now available. SAMHSA developed the Quick Start Planning Guide to help Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking event organizers successfully participate in the initiative. The guide offers a calendar, checklist, frequently asked questions, step-by-step registration instructions, and examples of successful events. Use this resource as your guide to planning, hosting, and reporting a town hall meeting in your community.

Date: 04/21/2016