Students learn dangers of alcohol during hands-on programs

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is visiting schools across the state to educate students on alcohol safety issues during prom and graduation season.
The school visits include hands-on training, informational sessions and an opportunity for students to engage in a dialogue with enforcement officers on the consequences of underage drinking.
The commission works with school administrators to determine which programs are best suited for their student groups. A number of simulated driving trainings provide first-hand experience on the dangers of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
The commission’s Division of Enforcement and Licensing says 12 percent of New Hampshire’s youth reported taking their first drink by age 12 or younger. More than 50 percent took their first drink before turning 17.