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San Rafael Alcohol and Drug Coalition to Hold Town Hall Meeting

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                 

For events occurring November 9, 2013                                                               

Michael Scippa 415 548-0492

Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336

San Rafael Alcohol and Drug Coalition to Hold Town Hall Meeting
Will Make a Call to Action to Stop Underage Consumption of Alcopops in the Canal Neighborhood

SAN RAFAEL, CA  (November 7, 2013) – The Drug Free Community-funded San Rafael Alcohol and Drugs Coalition, along with youth, adults, and community organizations from across Marin County who have banded together to create an Alcopop-Free Zone® in the Canal area of San Rafael, will hold a town hall meeting this Saturday. The public is invited to attend and learn how to better address underage alcohol consumption. They will also learn to encourage greater community cooperation by asking local retailers to voluntarily stop selling dangerous youth-attractive flavored malt beverages (FMBs) known as alcopops, and celebrate and promote retailers who comply as responsible, family-friendly, alcopop-free stores.

What:      Town Hall Meeting

When:     Saturday, November 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:    Pickleweed Community Center, 50 Canal St. San Rafael California 94901

Who:       Representatives from:          

    • Alcohol Justice
    • Alcopop-Free Zone® Marin Coalition
    • Bay Area Community Resources
    • Canal Welcome Center
    • Canal Community Businesses, Parents & Residents
    • First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
    • La Plaza Market
    • Marin County Probation Department
    • Marin County Health and Human Services
    • San Rafael Police Department
    • San Rafael City Schools
    • The Recovery Station TV Series
    • University of San Francisco School of Nursing
    • Youth for Justice
    • YMCA

Why:   Youth-attractive alcopops, or Flavored Malt Beverages (FMBs):     

    • Are pre-mixed, sweetened alcoholic drinks that taste like juice and soda
    • Are packaged in brightly-colored cans, similar to energy drinks
    • Are priced low enough to effectively target underage drinkers, especially young women
    • Can be shelved wherever beer is available - including convenience stores and gas stations
    • In supersized 24 oz. single-serving containers with 12 percent alcohol are the equivalent of 4-5 beers     
    • Encourage underage consumption and binge drinking which leads to serious alcohol-related harm

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