For many Americans, St. Patrick's Day has become a popular night out to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, due to the large number of drunk drivers, the night out has also become very dangerous.
A new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that 709,000 youth ages 12 to 14 in the United States are drinking beer, liquor and other alcoholic beverages.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this week that alcohol is to blame for just about 4 percent of, or 2.5 million deaths, worldwide annually. AIDS was a close second with 2.1 million deaths in 2009.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking local community-based organizations to conduct demonstration programs to demonstrate the feasibility and effect of pairing two complementary strategies for reducing youth access to alcohol: High Visibility Enforcement and Source Investigation.
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) will host its Children of Alcoholics Week Feb. 13-19, themed "A Celebration of Hope and Healing." The time celebrates the recovery of the many thousands of people who have received help to recover from the pain and losses suffered in their childhood, and offers hope to those still suffering from the adverse impact of parental alcohol and drug addiction.
During 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 and mortality. According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that alcohol taxes and prices have a significant and negative relationship with morbidity and mortality outcomes.
With many states facing budget shortfalls, more and more lawmakers are proposing deregulating alcohol sales and privatizing the sale of hard liquor. But how does this impact youth alcohol use and abuse, and what can coalitions do to tackle this issue? That's what experts will discuss at several sessions being held at CADCA's 21st annual National Leadership Forum Feb. 7-10th.
A new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, "Binge Drinking – United States, 2009," highlights some disparities among adults who binge drink. The study was released recently as an MMWR Supplement and is included in the first periodic CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report.
The results of an innovative project bridging researchers and coalition members will be discussed at CADCA's 21st annual National Leadership Forum workshop "Actively Building Community-Researcher Partnerships: Lessons learned from a NHTSA-Sponsored Project to Promote Collaboration Between Researchers and Communities to Effectively Prevent Underage Drinking and Impaired Driving."
The NFL Super Bowl is known for its commercials as much as the game itself. Did you know that about 18 percent of the Super Bowl's total viewing audience will be youth under 21, meaning that children and youth will be exposed to the dozens of alcohol-related commercials shown during the Super Bowl? To help shed light on how alcohol advertising impacts youth, the Drug-Free Action Alliance is inviting youth to participate in their Big Bowl Vote 2011, an annual survey open to middle and high school students.