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September 10, 2003

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More young people drink alcohol than use other drugs or smoke tobacco, and underage drinking costs the nation an estimated $53 billion annually in losses stemming from traffic fatalities, violent crime, and other behaviors that threaten the well-being of America's youth. Curbing underage drinking is an uphill battle because alcohol is legal and readily available to adults. To tackle the problem, a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies offers a comprehensive strategy that requires a deep, shared commitment from many institutions and individuals, including alcohol manufacturers and retail businesses, the entertainment industry, and parents and other adults in local communities.

Richard J. Bonnie, John S. Battle Professor of Law, Professor of Psychiatric Medicine, and Director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy University of Virginia, Charlottesville and Chair, Committee on Developing a Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking.