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Fighting Back: What every parent needs to know about underage drinking and their liability.
April 4, 2007

In recent months, the headlines have featured stories of parents condoning underage drinking or even providing alcohol to their children and their friends. Many stories have featured a highway fatality as a result and parents suddenly finding themselves answering to the law.

In recent months, the headlines have featured stories of parents condoning underage drinking or even providing alcohol to their children and their friends. Many stories have featured a highway fatality as a result and parents suddenly finding themselves answering to the law.

That's why parents need to know the liability and consequences of providing alcohol to minors. Parents are invited to a free "Keeping Kids Safe in Charlotte' seminar to learn more about parental liability and underage drinking.

- Tuesday, April 10
- 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- West Boulevard library
- 2157 West Boulevard, Charlotte

The seminar is sponsored by Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health Department’s Fighting Back program in partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Drug-Free Coalition. April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the 2007 theme is, "Keep Our Future Growing: End Underage Drinking." Click here for a calendar of events.

According to the recent Centers for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior report, more than 30 percent of students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County schools have access to alcohol from home, and most students ages 12 - 14 have consumed alcohol in the last month. Alcohol is the number one drug of choice among young people. Ninety percent of all U.S. deaths for people under 21 are due to car accidents, and of those, 70 percent are alcohol-related. Youth DWI offenses continue to persist. In 2005, over 6,000 DWI charges were issued in Mecklenburg County, of that at least 20 percent were under the age of 21.

Several agencies and organizations throughout Mecklenburg County will unite during the month of April to conduct a series of month-long awareness campaigns, educational seminars and youth events aimed at educating youth and families on the harmful effects of alcohol and underage drinking.

Fighting Back partners with Mecklenburg County neighborhoods, schools, agencies, businesses and faith-based groups in the development and implementation of strategies to prevent, reduce or eliminate substance abuse. Fighting Back provides:

- Substance abuse prevention and education training
- Technical assistance to neighborhoods
- Youth leadership development

For mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability information, call 704-336-6404. For more information the Fighting Back program, call 704-336-4634.




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