New Task Force Named to Help Prevent Underage Drinking

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The state today launched a new effort aimed at underage drinking. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced the formation of a task force intended to combat the problem. McDaniel said the Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force hopes to help communities.

The 14-member group includes Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas State Police, the Drug and Alcohol Safety and Education Program, the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Division of Health, among other state agencies and non-profit groups.

A study in 2005 showed that the average age of first regular alcohol use in Arkansas is 14.

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