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Success stories demonstrate the many creative ways that event hosts are engaging their communities in underage drinking prevention and the outcomes they are achieving.

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Communities Talk Events: 2016 Highlights

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0% Communities Talk events involved youth in planning and/or hosting.
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0% of the participants learned ways to prevent underage drinking.
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0% of Communities Talk events focused on parents’ important role in underage drinking prevention.
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Success Comes in Many Forms

SAMHSA encourages its event organizers to customize their prevention events to meet the unique needs of their communities and define success in their own setting. Explore other Success Stories to learn how Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking events are working across the country, and see how other communities are measuring their event success.

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Educating to Avoid Enabling: Parents Preventing Underage Drinking at Home

April 28, 2016
Hermosa Beach, CA

Hosted by: Behavioral Health Services, Inc./National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of the Los Angeles South Bay Area—The Beach Cities Prevention Community Council

Educating to Avoid Enabling: Parents Preventing Underage Drinking at Home
In Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Hermosa Beach in California—what's known as the Beach Cities community—underage drinking has recently become a problem that people are paying attention to. The community’s high rates of underage drinking compared to the rest of the state are attributed to environmental factors such as affluence, stress, and social norms. Another factor—the high number of alcohol-licensed retailers in the area—may be why youths don’t have difficulty accessing alcohol.


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