On April 22, at 6:30 p.m., New Canaan Library will host "The Straight Talk About College Binge Drinking: Truth & Consequences," a presentation co-sponsored by Silver Hill Hospital and Communities 4 Action. The event, which includes a short documentary film and open discussion, will take place in the Library's Adrian Lamb Room.

Binge drinking is not just a dangerous spring break ritual but a growing, weekly trend among college, and even high school-age youth, according to Dr. John Douglas, director of the Outpatient Opioid Addiction Program at Silver Hill Hospital. "Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., behind smoking and obesity," said Douglas. "Most people who become addicted to alcohol start in adolescence under social pressure. Each year initiation of alcohol or drug use is delayed decreases the risk of becoming addicted by about 5 percent. That is why it is so important for parents to set clear expectations for their children to not use alcohol or drugs during childhood or adolescence."

"Haze," a 36-minute documentary film produced by the Gordie Foundation, tells the tragic story of Greenwich native Lynne "Gordie" Gordon Bailey Jr., who died from binge drinking during his freshman year in college. The film weaves together a collection of interviews by many national experts on the subject of alcohol abuse.

Following the film, a panel of experts will discuss their observations of the film and welcome discussion with the audience during a Q&A session. The panel will be moderated by Ingrid Gillespie, executive director of Communities 4 Action, and will include Dr. John Douglas, clinical director of the new Outpatient Opioid Addiction Center at Silver Hill, Lisa Arnold, clinical director of the Collegiate Recovery Program and the Recovery House at Fairfield University, and Police Officer Jason Kim, school resource officer at New Canaan High School.

New Canaan Library programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register online at newcanaanlibrary.org or call 203-594-5003.

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