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Bridge Summit to discuss alcohol issues in Eau Claire

February 27, 2012
 The Bridge Coalition
EAU CLAIRE — The Bridge Campus-Community Coalition on Alcohol Issues will host the 2012 Bridge Summit at 3 p.m. March 1 in the Alumni Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Bridge Campus-Community Coalition is a partnership between UW-Eau Claire and the greater Eau Claire community. The partnership seeks to address and reduce underage and high-risk drinking behaviors and associated negative experiences through education, enforcement and environmental changes.

"I think we've done a good job taking a proactive approach with the Bridge Campus-Community Coalition in working toward making Eau Claire a better place," said Jennifer Lee, director of UW-Eau Claire's Center for Alcohol Studies and Education.

Julia Sherman, guest speaker at the 2012 Bridge Summit at UW-Eau Claire, also will speak on campus earlier on March 1 when she presents "Overexposed: How Much Alcohol Advertising Do Students See and Who Is Picking up the Tab?" at 12:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. See related news release.
Julia Sherman, coordinator of the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project, will be the guest speaker at the Bridge Summit. Sherman chairs the Alcohol, Culture and Environment (ACE) work group of the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, which wrote the 2010 ACE Report. The report sets forth a list of recommendations for municipalities, coalitions, schools and other community groups to change the environment to reduce high-risk and underage drinking. Sherman will discuss examples of changes that have been effective in other communities and lead a discussion about changes that might be effective in Eau Claire.

The Bridge Summit agenda includes countywide efforts and initiatives, campus initiatives, and incident and crime data, as well as an open forum for idea and information sharing.

The Bridge Summit and presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Lee at 715-836-5110 or leejs@uwec.edu.

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