New Town-Gown Coalition Announced

New Town-Gown Coalition works to reduce high risk drinking in Chapel Hill

Did you know that alcohol is the most popular drug of choice for college and high school students in the Chapel Hill area? In a recent survey, 71 percent of college students and 47 percent of high school seniors here reported using alcohol in the previous 30 days.

A new coalition -- a collaborative effort funded jointly by the Town of Chapel Hill, UNC-Chapel Hill, the Orange County Health Department and the Orange County ABC Board -- are taking on the problem of high-risk drinking that exists in Chapel Hill and surrounding communities. The Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High Risk Drinking is now housed in the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, 308 W. Rosemary St.

Coalition membership includes agency partners from the university, town, and county, university students, community members, and downtown bar and restaurant owners. Strategies to address high risk drinking and its impact on the community include public education and updates and additions to policies related to high risk drinking.

“The Coalition’s strength lies in our goal to tackle the problem from many different angles,” said Coalition Director Elinor Landess. "We believe our work will make a difference in addressing a complex and pervasive public health problem that affects us all."

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Or contact Elinor Landess, Coalition Director, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, at (919) 928-5735 or