Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 26, 2011

New state resolution seeks to curb underage drinking

by Jeb Bing

A resolution authored by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro) urging the governor to make it a priority to prevent underage use of alcohol passed the state Assembly on Monday on a unanimous vote.

"Underage drinking is a major problem in California and across the nation, killing thousands of teenagers each year," Corbett said. "It's time to join with other states in combating this problem and making every possible effort to prevent the negative consequences it reaps."

Senate Concurrent Resolution 45 implores the governor to work with law enforcement, education and public health officials, among others, to reduce underage drinking throughout the state. It also urges the governor to become active in the Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, a coalition with governors of 41 states and various organizations working to stop alcohol use among children aged 9 to 15 years old.

Drinking is widespread among adolescents, with a recent survey showing that alcohol had been consumed by three-fourths of 12th-graders and two-thirds of 10th-graders. Each year, an estimated 5,000 people under the age of 21 years old die as a result of drinking, including 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle accidents.

SCR 45 goes next to the Senate for concurrence.

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