Senator Boxer Announces Funding to Fight Underage Drinking
Monday, August 3, 2009
The dangers of underage drinking are too often brought to our attention in the headlines of our local papers. Each year, about 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking, including almost 2,000 deaths from motor vehicle crashes. And there are other consequences as well because early alcohol consumption has documented impacts on young people’s health, mental development, psychological wellbeing, school work, and many other factors.
I am pleased to let you know that the Department of Justice has provided funding to help the State of California combat underage drinking. The funding will be used to support and enhance California’s work, along with many local efforts, to enforce laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages or the consumption of alcohol by minors. Special emphasis will be given to the areas near high school and college campuses.
Keeping young people safe has always been one of my top priorities, and I am pleased that this federal funding will come to California to help protect our young people from the dangers of underage alcohol use.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer