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April 5, 2010

Partnership for Alcohol Safety offers parent forum on alcohol abuse prevention

The Partnership for Alcohol Safety (PAS) will host a parent forum Monday, April 19, to provide guidance and information about preventing and talking with children and young adults about alcohol abuse.

The forum runs from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in Iowa City West High School’s Little Theatre and is free and open to the public. Parents of children in elementary school through college are especially encouraged to attend. A map showing the location of the school, which is at 2901 Melrose Ave., is available at

Steve McGuire, a professor in the UI College of Education’s Art Education Department and the School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will moderate the forum.

Students of all ages in the community are faced with great pressure and mixed messages about drinking alcohol. Research supports that parents have a powerful influence on their children’s decisions about alcohol use.

The forum will provide parents with an opportunity to learn from experts in the field of substance abuse prevention as well as from one another about effective ways to prevent alcohol problems by their children, regardless of their age.  

Parents will hear about:

* Current trends in alcohol use by students (middle school or junior high and high school, as well as college).
* What science is saying about risks of underage and binge drinking by youth and young adults.
* What parents can do to prevent their students from having problems with alcohol now and in the future.
* Research-based guidelines for adults that answer the questions, “What is responsible drinking?” and “Is it OK if I drink alcohol around my child?”

For more information about the forum, contact Kelly Vander Werff, prevention manager with MECCA Services, at or 319-351-4357 ext. 8790.

The Partnership for Alcohol Safety aims to reduce harm associated with drinking and to build a more vibrant, secure community. PAS includes representatives of the City of Iowa City, the University of Iowa, young people and their parents, business and faith leaders, law enforcement officials and others. Each group contributes perspectives, insights and ideas that yield alternatives to unsafe drinking and address effects of alcohol misuse. To learn more, visit

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