FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SADD Calls on Youth and Adults to Join U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Underage Drinking
Marlborough, MA (March 7, 2007) – SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) commended acting U.S. Surgeon General Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D., on the release of his Call to Action against underage drinking. SADD has worked for the past twenty-five years to promote awareness of the dangers of underage drinking and other destructive decisions by teens, and hailed the Surgeon General for his action focusing attention on this critical issue.
“For a quarter-century, SADD has stood for safe decision-making by teens around issues of alcohol use,” said Penny Wells, executive director and president of SADD. “Our students have worked consistently to help their peers resist the terrible harm caused by underage drinking in our society. We welcome the attention to underage drinking as a serious public health hazard that the Surgeon General’s report promotes.”
Alcohol remains the drug of choice for teens, a fact recognized by the Surgeon General. According to the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are 11 million underage drinkers in the United States, and 7.2 million of those are considered binge drinkers. More than two million are classified as heavy drinkers.
Founded in 1981 as Students Against Driving Drunk, SADD now addresses all risky behaviors that affect youth, with special attention on underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, teen violence and suicide. SADD sponsors more than 10,000 chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges that use a peer-to-peer education and prevention approach to promote healthy decision-making and positive lifestyles among teens.
#####Click here to read the press release issued by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office.