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Award For Barrington Group Fighting Youth Drinking

 State officials say a drug prevention coalition in Barrington has been nationally recognized for its work to reduce underage drinking.

The state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals announced Thursday that the BAY Team was honored with a "Coalition of Excellence" award from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

Data show that past 30-day alcohol use fell 30 percent for high schoolers and 50 percent for middle schoolers in Barrington between 2007 and 2013. The team reported a 36 percent increase in youth reporting difficulty accessing alcohol from 2009 to 2013. The organization has worked with local liquor stores and restaurants on alcohol sales to minors.

The BAY Team competed with 44 other coalitions. It will accept the award in February in Washington.




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