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Series on ‘Perils of College Drinking Culture’ Starts Jan. 17

College-bound Fairfax County students and their parents are encouraged to attend an upcoming program that deals with binge drinking on college campuses. The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County, in collaboration with the Fairfax County Police Department, will present “The Perils of the College Drinking Culture” forums. The first program, hosted by the McLean High School PTSA and Safe Community Coalition, will be held Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at McLean High School in the auditorium.

The two-hour event will feature a screening and panel discussion on the award-winning documentary “Haze,” designed for parents and their college-bound teens, and for any citizens concerned about underage drinking. Parents are encouraged to attend with their high school students.

Featured speakers and panelists who will take part in 2013 will include Raymond Morrogh, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County and his deputy Casey Lingan; William Hauda, M.D., Inova Fairfax Hospital; Fairfax County Police Captain Bruce Ferguson, Commander, Youth Services Division; Mary Ann Sprouse, director, George Mason University’s Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education; Jeff Levy, father of a student who died following drinking at a college party; Ryan Smith, a Virginia Tech graduate student; and other local students. A question-and-answer session will follow.

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