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National Alcohol-Free Weekend

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More than 6,500 people under the age of 21 die from alcohol-related accidents, per year. That's according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.

To help lower that number, this weekend is National Alcohol-Free weekend.

The idea is to raise public awareness about the use of alcohol and how it can affect people, families and the community.

Montana State University Health Promotion Officials say drinking rates typically increase the summer before kids go to college and within the first couple weeks of school starting.

"It's always important to bring awareness to issues like this especially when it comes to college campus and students are making decisions on their own for the first time after leaving home," said Marci Torres, MSU Health Promotion Assistant Director. "We have a responsibility to provide safe and healthy options to everyone that comes onto our campus."

Torres said more than 50% of MSU students say they do not drink alcohol.

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