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Two Hattiesburg organizations receive proclamation from Mayor

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and two groups in Hattiesburg are hoping to shine a light on under-aged drinking.

Monday afternoon, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree gave Dream of Hattiesburg and Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources a proclamation recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month and their mission to S.T.O.P. under-aged drinking.

According to Dream of Hattiesburg's Bettie Ross, 13 percent of the total DUI's in Forrest County were under-aged, in 2009. She says that's why Dream and Pine Belt are teaming up for their mission S.T.O.P which stands for:  Sober Truth For Preventing Under-Aged Drinking.

Ross says she hopes the proclamation will help.

"I  think it gives a talking point for parents or other adult leaders. It kind of reminds them that if they haven't talked to those teenagers that are significant to them, they need to mention that under-aged drinking can cause a large number of problems that they really don't need to be dealing with a this time in their lives," said Ross.

Call Dream of Hattiesburg at 601-545-2102 for more information on the mission S.T.O.P, and Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources at 601-264-2111.

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