Underage drinking is focus of Bellingham forum


BELLINGHAM - Underage drinking in Whatcom County will be the focus of a free talk about alcohol use Wednesday, April 30.

Research scientist Julia Dilley will lead a town hall discussion about alcohol from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway.

Dilley works with state and local health departments and tribes in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and New Mexico. The talk will include her research on the impacts of policies such as liquor privatization on health and behavior. She'll also talk about some of the misconceptions about underage drinking, what factors can contribute to underage drinking and what families and communities can do to prevent it.

Sponsors for the talk include the Whatcom County Health Department, Whatcom Prevention Coalition, Western Washington University's Prevention and Wellness Services and the Campus Community Coalition.

The talk is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. Make a reservation by emailing ann.russell@wwu.edu or calling 360-650-6863.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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