Having conversations with children and teens about risky behaviors like underage drinking can seem daunting. But now, a new mobile app developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is making that task easier.
According to a new study, underage drinkers between the ages of 18 and 20 see more magazine advertising than any other age group for the alcohol brands they consume most heavily, raising important questions about whether current alcohol self-regulatory codes concerning advertising are sufficiently protecting young people.
It’s no secret that combat experiences are highly stressful and can contribute to instances of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression among soldiers post-deployment. It also comes as no surprise that many soldiers afflicted with these conditions abuse alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate. But new research coauthored by Cristel Russell, an associate professor of marketing with American University’s Kogod School of Business, and researchers with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research finds that the most traumatic of all combat experiences, killing, is less likely to lead to alcohol abuse.
Over the years, the prevention field has emphasized the importance of understanding the environmental and social settings in which violence takes places, including theories linking the number and location of alcohol outlets to violence. Now, a new study of violent crimes in Boston, Mass. provides data indicating that alcohol outlets are predictive of violent crime.
According to a new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), just a single alcohol binge can cause bacteria to leak from the gut, and increase levels of bacterial toxins in the blood. Earlier studies have tied chronic alcohol use to increased gut permeability, wherein potentially harmful products can travel through the intestinal wall and be carried to other parts of the body, but this study is the first to show that even a single binge event can have a similar effect.
Over the years, the prevention field has emphasized the importance of understanding the environmental and social settings in which violence takes places, including theories relating the number and location of alcohol outlets to violence. The occurrence of interpersonal violence increases in and nearby places with alcohol outlets, specifically bars and liquor stores. These incidences of violence near alcohol outlets transpire for many possible reasons, including they are mainly located in areas with less protection and provide opportunities for social interactions leading to violence. A recent study of violent crimes in Boston, MA provides data indicating that alcohol outlets are predictive of violent crime.
Every morning in New York City, students ride to school on public buses and trains, where they sit surrounded by advertisements for alcohol. For prevention leaders, this is akin to having alcohol ads on school buses. That’s why earlier this week, the UNIDOS Coalition and its partners, Bronx Health Reach, the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse Initiative (TYSA), and the New York Alcohol Policy Alliance, and the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, launched a campaign to remove alcohol advertisements from the New York City transit system.
Lawmakers have expressed concern over a new form of alcohol that could hit the market as early as the fall. In early April, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved labels for seven varieties of Palcohol, a brand of dehydrated alcohol, ranging from straight vodka to a powdered margarita. Derided as “the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking," lawmakers and other concerned parties say Palcohol poses a particular risk for youth who may be attracted to this easily portable, easily hidden form of alcohol.
When teens are caught drinking or using marijuana at school, a trip to the dean's office may not suffice. These students also should be screened for exposure to trauma, mental health problems and other serious health risks, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The study was reported in Medical News Today.
A new study funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) offers clues about how teen drinking alters brain chemistry, suggesting early alcohol use has long-term effects on decision making. The study was reported in Newswise.
Alcohol-free block parties are being planned. Social networking pages are filling up with tweets and posts about alcohol abuse and prevention, and local police stations and community organizers are hosting family information nights. Why? Because April is the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.’ (NCADD) Alcohol Awareness Month. And CADCA coalitions nationwide are joining NCADD affiliates, schools, colleges, churches, and countless community organizations in sponsoring events that increase public awareness and educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism.
New data from a national survey of high school students shows that teens who receive a message from their parents that underage drinking is completely unacceptable are more than 80 percent less likely to drink than teens who receive other messages. The survey, and corresponding infographic, was released this week by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Nationwide Insurance®.
With motor vehicle crashes serving as the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, community coalitions play a critical role in helping to combat alcohol and drug abuse’s contributions to a serious public health concern. While alcohol remains the most common substance in dead drivers, the increase in marijuana availability due to medicinal and decriminalization campaigns requires new strategies and research to reduce impaired driving rates. Through an innovative project funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), CADCA is currently working on supporting local efforts to adopt and implement evidence-based and evidence-informed strategies to reduce impaired driving.