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Community Partners Provide FREE Presentation On Underage/Binge Drinking


According to the 2013 North Dakota Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 21% of North Dakota’s 9th through 11th graders reported drinking more than 5 drinks in a row within a couple of hours at least once in the previous 30 days. Additionally, from 2010 to 2014 there was a 10.5% increase in DUI arrests in ND, including a 34% increase in juvenile arrests. To combat these issues in the Watford City area, the McKenzie County Extension Office and Watford City Police Department are hosting a free two-hour educational seminar Tues., Sept. 29 at the Watford City Civic Center. The evening will kick off with a free supper at 6 p.m. CT and continue with the program from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 CT.

This seminar will be taught by the North Dakota Safety Council and everyone is invited. Topics will include, laws of underage drinking, drinking and driving facts and penalties, brain development of teens, effects of alcohol on the teenage brain, physical process of alcohol consumption and long term effects of addictive alcohol usage.

“The goal of this seminar is to help parents and teens understand the effects and consequences of alcohol abuse and hopefully deter future underage/binge drinking activities” says Jesse Wellen, Assistant Chief for the Watford City Police Department.

To register, please call the McKenzie County Extension Office at (701)444-3451 or email


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