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Join the Communities Talk Webcast on February 1 at 2:45 p.m. EST

Learn how to plan a successful 2016 Town Hall Meeting and participate in the national launch of the 2016 Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking initiative. Watch the live webcast from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 12th Annual Prevention Day at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 1 from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. EST.

  • 2:45–4:00 p.m. EST: Communities Talk: Planning a Successful 2016 Town Hall Meeting Workshop
  • 4:15–4:45 p.m. EST: National Launch of the Communities Talk: Town Hall Meetings To Prevent Underage Drinking initiative

Visit the event webpage for more information on each of these events.

No advanced registration is required. The presentation will automatically begin when you go to the event webpage.

Join the online conversation! Use the hashtag #CommunitiesTalk on Facebook and Twitter before, during, and after the event.

Super Bowl 50: A Time to Talk About the Dangers of Alcohol and Drunk Driving

Underage youth are five times more likely to drink alcohol brands that advertise on national television, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Super Bowl 50, a program that often features alcohol advertising, will take place on February 7. As families and friends gather for this event, it is also a time parents may wish to talk with their children about the dangers of alcohol. Check out SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.” parent resources and mobile application for information about how to start a conversation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also has developed drunk driving prevention marketing materials related to the Super Bowl. Visit NHTSA’s website for more information and sharable creative materials.

February Is National Teen Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Teen dating violence is a serious problem in the United States and includes physical, emotional, and sexual violence. It is important to prevent teen dating violence from happening so that teens can have happy and healthy relationships into adulthood.

Alcohol use is one of many factors that increases a teen’s likelihood of being subjected to violence in a relationship. Several programs focus on building skills that young people need to form healthy relationships and prevent dating violence. More information about teen dating violence, risk factors, and prevention is available in this fact sheet, “Understanding Teen Dating Violence,” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.