Health Behavior News Service reports that school prevention programs aimed at curbing alcohol misuse in children are somewhat helpful, enough so to deserve consideration for widespread use, according to a large, international systematic review.
In an effort to curb the high rates of alcohol use on college campuses, 14 national colleges and universities have launched an initiative entitled, the Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking. The initiative was created by Dartmouth University to address alcohol use and the 40 percent of college students who binge drink.
The 2011 Session of the Maryland General Assembly has voted to raise an alcohol-specific tax for the first time in 40 years, pending the signature of Governor Martin O’Malley. Community organizers and researchers hope the tax will save money for community-service programs and save lives.
CADCA applauds Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) for introducing the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act Reauthorization, legislation designed to prevent underage drinking, which contributes to the four leading causes of deaths among 15 to 20-year-olds. The reauthorization, introduced last week, builds upon the success of the original STOP ACT, which was passed by Congress in 2006.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) this month launched the Addiction Performance Project, a theater-based continued medical education program focused on breaking down the stigma associated with addiction.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Labor Day weekend Impaired Driving Crackdown is in the planning process and coalitions are encouraged to partner with their local law enforcement agencies to help them reduce impaired driving.
Three out of four youth say their parents are the No. 1 influence on their decisions about drinking. To encourage discussions about alcohol use between parents and youth, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has launched PowerTalk 21 day, which will be observed on April 21. It's the first national day for parents and teens to start a conversation about alcohol. Tips on how to do it and what you might say are in a free handout and handbook.
Following a decade of steady declines, a new national study released this week by The Partnership at Drugfree.org indicates that teen drug and alcohol use is headed in the wrong direction, with marked increases in teen use of marijuana and ecstasy over the past three years.
Today, Thursday, April 7, is National Alcohol Screening Day. Close to 1,000 community-based organizations, colleges and military installations worldwide will be offering anonymous self-assessments for alcohol use disorders at in-person events, online or over the phone.
Today's college freshmen are drinking less than previous freshmen classes, according to a new report by Outside the Classroom, a provider of student alcohol-prevention research and programs such as AlcoholEdu.
Although it is illegal to drink until you're 21, 31 states allow parents to serve their children alcohol and 30 states allow minors to drink for religious reasons. "The Today Show" this week featured two experts discussing the issue, a psychologist and the editor of Seventeen magazine. A recent Wall Street Journal article also discussed parents teaching their teenaged children to drink responsibly. In the article, early exposure to alcohol was debated as either a way to teach youth to be "responsible" drinkers when they were of legal age or as a factor in current or future alcohol abuse.
A panel of coalition experts at the federal, state and local levels recently recognized three community coalitions as CADCA's 2010 Got Outcomes! award winners at our National Leadership Forum outside of Washington, D.C.