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Parents Encouraged to Set an Example for Their Teens and Help Stop Underage Drinking
Date:10/17/2007

Health Alliance on Alcohol Provides Parents Resources to Help Manage Teen

Access to Alcohol in the Home

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Health Alliance on Alcohol today challenged New York area parents to take a tough topic head-on - the issue of underage drinking. The challenge was issued during a roundtable discussion featuring a panel of experts from the fields of adolescent medicine and education and thought leaders in the entertainment industry.

The discussion, held in coordination with The Creative Coalition, was timed to coincide with the introduction of Facts & Conversations: Parents & Underage Access to Alcohol, the sixth book in a nine-part series encouraging communications between parents and teens about alcohol consumption and smart decision-making.

Media personality Catherine Crier moderated the event, which addressed topics such as why providing alcohol to teenagers is a problem; the roles of schools, corporations and the government in curbing underage drinking; and the new approaches on dealing with some of the larger issues associated with "social hosting."

"The decision to launch this initiative just prior to National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week was deliberate on our part," said Daniel Hyman, board member, Health Alliance on Alcohol and chief medical and chief children's quality officer, Ambulatory Care Network, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "Teens in college and high school are facing a number of peer pressures, including parties and consumption of alcohol. This latest publication helps parents take an active role in their children's education beyond the classroom."

Identifying the Threats and Parents' Roles

Underage drinking is a serious, and often critical, problem in communities across the country. According to the 2007 Roper Report, parents play a crucial role in shaping their children's perception on alcohol, beginning with access to it before r
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