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State expert on alcohol policy in Wausau June 4

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WAUSAU — Alcohol continues to be the No. 1 drug impacting the community and the No. 1 drug that is misused by youths, according to the Marathon County Health Department. There are a number of strategies that the community can do to change the culture around alcohol, including supporting best practice policies and practices.

Julia Sherman from the University of Wisconsin Law School-Alcohol Policy Project will talk about the latest alcohol trends, products and policies that support reducing underage drinking, over consumption and other alcohol-related impacts at an AOD Partnership meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at Northcentral Technical College on Campus Drive in Wausau.

No RSVP is required for this free event; and one CEU is offered.

According to a 2017 Marathon County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which had 100 percent of local public high schools participate, the following were key indicators for underage drinking:

-1 in 4 youths reported drinking in the past 30 days
-1 in 10 youths reported binge drinking in past 30 days
-Nearly 1 in 5 youths drank alcohol before 13
-1 in 20 reported driving after drinking, with 1 in 5 riding with someone who drank

For more local data on underage drinking, visit Marathon County Pulse at
www.marathoncountypulse.org/indicators/index/dashboard?alias=underagedrinking.

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