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Underage Drinking Prevention:
Taking Action in New York

CASAC continues to promote the nationally recognized Underage Drinking: Not a Minor Problem Media Campaign which includes helpful information to parents, as well as beer, liquor and wine retailers. To report underage alcohol sales or an underage drinking party, individuals can call 1-866-UNDER-21.

Photo“Alcohol is the No. 1 drug of choice for young people, costing New York about $3.2 billion a year,” New York State OASAS Commissioner Carpenter-Palumbo said. “As a parent, and as the Commissioner of one of the largest addiction services systems in the country, my job is to educate, prevent, help young people make the right decision not to drink—most importantly, save lives. Working with parents, educators, community members and law enforcement, we can influence the decisions of teens and make a difference—this video is a call to action in educating New York.”

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Addiction is a chronic disease, and New Yorkers need to know that help and hope is available. Individuals can find help by calling the toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day a week HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY.