|Send a Message to Congress!|
On June 19th, teens (ages 15
to 18) from the Youth Prevention Project of the Alcohol Policy Network in Berkeley,
California successfully persuaded the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to pass a
resolution in support of H.R.
866 -- the
National Media Campaign to Prevent Underage Drinking. These bills, which are
identical in the House and Senate, would establish a national media campaign to prevent
underage drinking. Depending on the results of a proposed planning study, the
campaign structure (if not the content) will resemble the current anti-drug campaign
conducted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
What you can do:
We are trying to build a sense of inevitability for passage of these bills this Congress. The more often members of Congress hear from their constituents on this issue, the better!
Below is a sample resolution, much like the one passed in Alameda County. Present it to a friendly city councilperson, county alderman/commissioner, or other local official and ask for its adoption.
In Support of Establishing A National Media
WHEREAS, alcohol is the number one youth drug problem in the United States -- it is the leading cause of death and injury among teenagers; and
WHEREAS, alcohol problems among youth cost the United States economy almost $53 billion per year; and
WHEREAS, if the cost of underage drinking were shared equally by each United States Congressional district, the amount would total more than $120 million per district; and
WHEREAS, fifty-six percent of students in grades 5-12 say that alcohol advertising encourages them to drink; and
WHEREAS, young people who begin drinking before age 15 are 4 times more likely to become addicted to alcohol than those who begin at age 21; and
WHEREAS, alcohol use by college students is a factor in 40% of academic problems, 28% of dropouts, and 80% of vandalism acts; and
WHEREAS, currently, there are no effective media prevention campaigns, or comprehensive programs to educate the public, especially young people, about the dangers of underage drinking;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that this Board [Council, etc.] does hereby endorse and support creation of a national media campaign to reduce and prevent underage drinking; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Board supports the passage of legislation in the 107th Congress of the United States (H.R. 1509 and S. 866) that will create a national media campaign to prevent underage drinking.
If your city council or county commission passes this
resolution, please send a copy to each member of your state's U.S. House delegation and
both Senators (AND please fax one to us at CSPI at this fax number: 202-265-4954).
Click here for more information on the National Media Campaign to Prevent Underage Drinking.