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Getting Started

Nearly 9 million American youth drink alcohol, illegally and dangerously.

Underage drinking costs communities billions annually

Join in 2016 to:

  • educate your community about underage drinking
  • and learn how to mobilize to take action
Getting Started

Quick Start Planning Guide

As the lead agency for the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is sponsoring the next round of Town Hall Meetings to prevent underage and high-risk drinking.

Since 2006, thousands of Town Hall Meetings held across the country have helped increase public awareness of and action around the prevention of underage drinking. Community-based organizations and colleges and universities that hold Town Hall Meetings are essential in leading the conversation and promoting the idea that underage drinking is preventable. A concerted effort made by many community sectors is the key to making a difference.

Quick Start Planning Guide This Quick Start Planning Guide (PDF | 6.34MB) is intended to help you quickly and easily join SAMHSA, ICCPUD, and other national partners in preventing underage and high-risk drinking by hosting a results-oriented event in your community.

Check out these sections for ideas to help plan your event:

  1. 3 Steps to Completing Your Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event Online Profile (PDF | 1.9MB)
  2. Planning Calendar and Checklist
  3. 10 Steps for Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event Planning
  4. Tell Us About Your Event
  5. Town Hall Meetings in Action
  6. Customizable Resources for Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking event Implementation and Promotion