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Those at the meeting also wanted to dispel inaccurate perceptions of alcohol use among youth.

Tommy Grafton, director of Project Northland and the Partners in Prevention Coalition, said alcohol use is more prevalent among even younger students than some parents realize.

“We start at the sixth grade level with a no use message,” he said. “We’re dealing with an age-old issue. Some people come to meetings and tell (us) there’s no way sixth-graders are drinking on a regular basis. I tell them ‘Yes they are and they’re getting it from your cabinet.’”

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