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.
Youth use of alcohol and illicit drugs are steadily declining, but e-cigarette use is high and the perception that marijuana is harmful is low, according to the 2014 Monitoring the Future Survey, released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
When the Link Together Coalition learned that 49 percent of teens in Wheeling Township, Ill., said that they would never get caught by their parents if they went to a party where alcohol was served, they knew they had their work cut out for them.
Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood had been economically depressed until there was an influx of bars and nightclubs a few years ago. Although it brought some cash flow into the area, it also brought some unintended consequences: high rates of high-risk drinking among young adults aged 18-25. According to that same state data, 67 percent of those young adults said the last time they drank was at a bar or club.
The December holiday season may mean much merriment, but according to this survey, 59 percent of American adults who attend holiday parties drink too much and engage in potentially serious and dangerous behavior.
The smallest increases in alcohol taxes can lead to better employment, says research from scientists with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Consuming just one alcoholic drink doubles your chance of landing in the emergency room, says this National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)-funded study published in the journal, Addiction.
Good news: those strict “social host” laws seem to be working. Teens who live in communities with such laws are less likely to spend weekends drinking at parties, according to a new study in the Journal of Studies and Alcohol and Drugs.
According to a new University of Michigan study, teens who play high-contact sports — such as football, wrestling, hockey or lacrosse — are more likely to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes or marijuana than student athletes who play non-contact sports, like swimming or track.
The small, suburban town of Wakefield, Mass., just north of Boston has a surging heroin problem, but residents seem to be reluctant to face the facts. That’s why the newly-formed Wakefield Unified Prevention Coalition (Wake Up) stepped in, trying to stamp out the stigma around substance abuse.
Halloween isn’t just about costumes, candy and trick-or-treating, it’s about staying safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost half of all fatalities involving a motor vehicle on Halloween night involved a drunk driver in 2012. In that same year, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night.