NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recognizing the importance of education in reducing alcohol use among Pennsylvania youth, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today partnered with community leaders, area educators and law enforcement personnel to share best practices, recent trends and important new developments in alcohol education at the PLCB's statewide conference.
"Startling data shows that among children who drink, most took their first drink by the age of 14," said Patrick J. "P.J." Stapleton III, chairman of the Liquor Control Board. "Local community leaders play a vital role in providing guidance and education to young people. During the conference, we hope to provide our partners with the tools necessary to make a difference in the lives of children in their community."
The day-long conference, "Partnerships in Prevention – Reducing Dangerous and Underage Use of Alcohol," features a leader in efforts to reduce binge drinking among college students, Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University in Western Maryland.
Gibralter is known for his efforts to reduce binge-drinking on his college campus through a multi-faceted, community based approach that de-emphasized the use of alcohol. Because of his leadership, Dr. Gibralter was honored with the national Presidential Leadership Award and was recently appointed to the President's Task Force on Binge Drinking and Alcohol Use of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Today's conference, co-sponsored by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, will also feature discussions on alcoholic energy drinks, current trends in youth behavior and alcohol use and the use of social media.
For more information about the conference or PLCB's alcohol education efforts, visit www.lcb.state.pa.us.
Media contact: Stacey Witalec or Stacy Kriedeman, 717-783-8864.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board