Of all the substance abuse problems in this country, alcohol abuse is the most widespread. Despite efforts to control alcohol's availability to teens, some find ways to obtain it. The results can be tragic, as in the case of 15-year-old Brian Ball, who died from an overdose last weekend.
Do you know teens who drink beer or liquor?
Do you think teens who drink can set limits for themselves?
Do you think the home is the best place to educate teens about alcohol? Do programs away from home, such as in schools or churches, have a better chance of succeeding?
To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL, the Baltimore Sun's directory of telephone information services at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today until midnight.
After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," the Evening Sun's survey on topical issues.
A majority of Evening Sun readers and other callers to SUNDIAL yesterday say that they approve of the 45-cent surcharge on the bills of all phone users to help pay for an improved telephone system for the deaf.
Of 1,839 callers, 71 percent, or 1,318, believe that all phone users should join in helping to pay for a vastly improved phone system for the deaf. Twenty-eight percent, or 521, believe that all phone users should not have to pay for the new system.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.