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NMSU sponsors community forum on binge drinking

New Mexico State University is taking the discussion of binge drinking and alcohol abuse among young people beyond the confines of its main campus.


nt Michael Martin is convening A Public Forum to Address the Prevention of Alcohol Abuse from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 4 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum Theater. Presenters from the governor's office, the city and county governments, university administration and students are slated to speak at the forum, which is open to the public.

Also speaking is Christine Berry, the mother of Christopher Berry, one of two NMSU students who died after celebrating with alcohol during the past school year.

Following those deaths, Martin announced the university's decision to hold a community dialogue on the issues of binge drinking among young people.

The forum will be moderated by Las Cruces Sun-News Publisher Mack Quintana, who has worked to advance the cause of education and at-risk students throughout his career.

The list of presenters includes: Martin, Provost William Flores, New Mexico's DWI Czar Rachel O'Conner, Las Cruces Mayor Bill Mattiace and City Manager Terrence Moore, Dona Ana County Commission Chairman Bill McCauley and County Manager Brian Haines, and Louis Martinez of the Las Cruces public schools. A panel of students will discuss the issues they confront concerning alcohol use and peer pressure.

The goal is a community-based response to the growing problem of alcohol abuse by young people, which often begins as early as middle school. For more information or reservations, please call Christina Chavez Kelley, assistant to the president, at (505) 646-1729.