SAMHSA works closely with community coalitions throughout the United States to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Like you, we know that young adults are doing great things in their communities to prevent substance abuse and, in many ways, are key to sustaining our prevention efforts. Last week, SAMHSA launched a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video contest that focuses on the steps young adults can take to make a difference.
Over the last several decades of research, epidemiology studies indicate drinking alcohol as a risk factor for an array of injuries, diseases, and social injustices and a leading cause of morbidity (i.e., diseased condition or state) and mortality (i.e., death). Additionally, the published literature indicates a strong relationship between alcohol tax and price levels and alcohol sales, drinking, and alcohol-related morbidity and mortality outcomes. Based on these established relationships and literature, researchers Alexander Wagenaar, Amy Tober, and Kelli Komro hypothesized and found that a negative relationship exists between alcohol tax/price levels and alcohol-related morbidity and mortality.
Strategizer 54, A Community’s Call to Action: Underage Drinking and Impaired Driving, is meant to help prevention practitioners create multi-layered prevention and intervention strategies to curb underage drinking among teens, and to prevent impaired driving among young adults ages 21-24. Developed in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Strategizer 54 provides the latest facts, strategies and resources that coalitions and MADD Affiliates can use to address these issues in their communities.
Massillon, Ohio is known for two things: football and tailgate parties. But when a 2012 football game resulted in 12 incidents, including fights, car crashes, underage drinking and theft, the community decided it was time for a change.
Medical News Today reported that a new study examining the role of ethnicity in determining the age of onset and severity of Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD) has found that ethnicity is a major factor affecting the age and severity of different subtypes of the disease.
“It’s an art and a science and it’s fun to do,” said DanversCARES project director Peg Sallade of the comprehensive campaign using social media and relationships with local business and schools that lowered 30-day youth alcohol use by 12 percent and high-risk drinking rates by 25.5 percent between 2008 and 2014.
Although most of the country is still feeling Old Man Winter’s chill in the air, many coalitions are working on their spring break prevention plans. Coalitions who are working on campaigns to curb binge and underage drinking during the upcoming spring break, prom, and graduation season will want to refresh their toolkits with some resources developed by CADCA.
New research published online in JAMA Pediatrics showed that teens receptive to alcohol ads on television such as while watching the notoriously-alcohol ad heavy Super Bowl, were more likely to drink. The study was conducted by pediatrician Dr. Susanne E. Tanski of the Geisel School of Medicine at the Children’s Hospital at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and colleagues.
The Dia de la Familia (Day of the Family), a popular event that exemplifies family fun, quickly turned inappropriate when in 2009, a local artist served a drink to a minor attending the festival. The act at the Salinas, Calif. event sparked outrage.
Nearly 42 percent of U.S. adults who drink regularly also report using medications known to interact with alcohol, based on a study from the National Institutes of Health released last week. Among those older than 65 years of age who drink alcohol, nearly 78 percent of them report using alcohol-interactive medications. This could put people at risk for nausea, headaches, loss of coordination and even internal bleeding, heart problems and difficulty breathing.
Half of teens and young adults who died in car crashes in nine states were under the influence of either alcohol or marijuana, or both, according to statistics of fatal road accidents involving 16- to 25-year olds between 1999 to 2011.
On average, 6 people died every day from alcohol poisoning in the U.S. from 2010 to 2012, says a new Vital Signs report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Alcohol poisoning is caused by drinking large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time. Very high levels of alcohol in the body can shutdown critical areas of the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature, resulting in death. Alcohol poisoning deaths affect people of all ages but are most common among middle-aged adults and men.