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TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga-Putnam-Hague Connecting Youth to Community (CYC) Coalition will host a town hall meeting on under-age drinking prevention Friday, March 26.

The event will be at 5 p.m. at the Community Building in Ticonderoga.

"Come for an evening of informed conversation around an issue that persists in Ticonderoga as well as the rest of the county," said Randy Bevins of CYC. "Enjoy refreshments as we look at a video for discussion starters called This Place - how did we end up in 'this place' where too many young lives have been lost or seriously impacted by drinking and related behaviors? Learn about what has happened with alcohol use in the past several years - and never become part of the general public's awareness. Talk about what we can really do - as a community - to better ensure a healthy future for our youth and our community."

As part of the discussion, an unveiling of a new public awareness display specific to Ticonderoga will take place.

"This will give an eye-opening look at the ongoing dangers involving youth and alcohol," Bevins said. "Most local residents are well aware of the major tragedies that make headlines, but few know of the numerous near misses that take place on a regular basis."

Bevins pointed out a 2008 county-wide student survey.

"Among eighth graders, about 13 percent in Essex County reported being drunk at least once in the two weeks prior to the survey; 33 percent of 10th graders reported the same - which was half again more than the national average," he said. "Seniors reported binge drinking that was 60 percent more than the national average. If a young person begins drinking prior to age 15 they are five times more likely to develop adult alcohol dependence."

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