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Alcohol is a dangerous temptation for young people

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Alcohol is a dangerous temptation for young people.

One study showed more than five percent of eighth graders admitted to getting drunk in the last month.

Nearly 28 percent of 12th graders made that admission.

Parents, kids, and community leaders learned more about the problem of underage drinking on Thursday night.

They got possible solutions from District Attorney Greg Edwards at a town hall meeting, he also talked to the crowd about how alcohol adversely affects children.

"Drinking affects the health of kids it affects their brain function, their liver function, and it affects their growth," said Greg Edwards, Dougherty District Attorney.

Edwards says parents are number one factor in preventing children from consuming alcohol.

According to the Centers for Disease control, alcohol abuse kills more than 4,500 hundred Americans every year.

That doesn't include deaths caused by drinking and driving and other alcohol-related accidents.

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