Sesno Moderates Dialogue on Drinking

Posted: April 4, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Megan McDonnell

The George Mason community is invited to attend “21? Starting the Dialogue,” an interactive discussion about drinking alcohol, on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax Campus. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse Task Force, the event will be moderated by Frank Sesno, professor of public policy and communication and the host of the recent WETA-TV special “America Drinks: Sesno Reports.”

A panel of experts will be on hand to engage the audience in dialogue about the drinking age and the effect drinking can have in our lives. Panelists are Leslie Bonci, nutrition expert for the Pittsburgh Steelers; Eric Johnson, Montgomery County, Md., judge; Jeff Levy, Virginia Parents Association; and David Anderson, director of Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health.

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner recently signed legislation that makes consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21, and providing alcohol or assisting in providing alcohol to anyone under 21, in most instances a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Under current law, it is already a crime to sell alcohol to someone underage and for someone underage to possess alcohol.

The first 150 students to arrive will receive a free T-shirt. For more information, call 703-993-2884.

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