Meeting to address underage drinking

The Communities Mobilizing for Change in Alcohol (CMCA) task force will hold its first county-wide
meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Wood County Educational Service Center.
CMCA is a community-organizing program design-ed to reduce adolescents’ access to alcohol by changing
community policies. It seeks to both effectively limit the access of alcohol to people under legal
drinking age and to communicate a clear message to the community that underage drinking is inappropriate
and unacceptable.
The program involves community members in seeking and achieving changes in social public policies and the
practices of community institutions that can affect youths’ access to alcohol.
The event is sponsored through the Reducing Alcohol Abuse in Secondary Schools grant, administered by the
county ESC.
"It’s not a school problem, it’s not a police problem, it’s not a hospital problem. It’s a community
issue" said Debbie Marinik, the community organizer for the grant. "This gets everyone
together who sees this as an issue and gets them at a table to talk about how to deal with this."

Community leaders from throughout Wood County will gather with county residents, including youth, to
discuss the issues. The public is invited to attend and participate.