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Madison County: S.W.A.T. hosts community briefing

On Wednesday March 5 the Oneida High School group 'Students Working for Alcohol Truths' will sponsor a "Take It Back Community Briefing" to be held at the Oneida High School cafeteria from 7 to 9 p.m. Take It Back is a national, youth-directed movement to reduce alcohol problems. It is not an organization, a program or a group; it is a "dynamic" movement that is focused on research and action.

The movement is driven by these facts:

Each day, more than 5,400 kids in the United States under age 16 take their first drink.

Each year, more than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 to 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

In the US alone, alcohol kills more kids than all illegal drugs combined.

For the first time, more than 350 youth groups from 49 states will simultaneously hold youth-led community briefings to call attention to alcohol as the single most important health issue facing young people today.

At the briefing, discussion topics will include:

How alcohol advertising and product placement effect youth.

Issues with youth alcohol use.

S.W.A.T.'s past, present and future.

What the community can do to reduce underage drinking.

How parents can lower their child's risk for alcohol issues.

For more information, call Samantha McCarthy at BRiDGES at 697-3947.

Samantha McCarthy is a prevention education specialist/SFP coordinator at BRiDGES, Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. The facts listed in this article were taken from these sources, 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUHlatest.htm, Hingson et. al., 2005; utakeitback.org/Issue/Statistics/index.html, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2003.

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