WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, (D-NJ), and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, (D-Calif.), want an underage drinking Act reauthorized.
The lawmakers announced Friday introduced the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Reauthorization Act. The original law dates to 2006.
“Underage drinking poses a significant threat to public health and safety,” Lautenberg said in a release. “One death from underage drinking is too many, yet as many as 5,000 youth die each year as a result of alcohol consumption.”
The law helps to fund drinking-prevention programs.
These efforts include an interagency coordinating committee to address underage drinking; a multimedia campaign to educate parents and communities about the dangers of underage drinking; federal research on underage drinking prevention; and community grants to fight underage drinking.