By age 8, 37 percent of kids have sipped alcohol and by age 11 more than half have sipped or tasted alcohol, according to a new study reported by the Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health. The study was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has announced a challenge to develop technology-based products to assist in preventing high-risk drinking among college students. The agency is seeking solutions to this problem through cost-effective, portable, technology-based products that effectively reach a diverse population of college students and their parents, as well as administrators, faculty and staff, and that can be adapted to meet the local needs of these institutions throughout the United States.
While many communities are battling prescription drug abuse and marijuana use, by far the most widely used and abused drug remains alcohol. Binge and heavy drinking is a major problem among college-age youth. In fact, among full-time college students in 2011, some 60 percent were current drinkers, 39 percent were binge drinkers, and 13.6 percent were heavy drinkers. To address this problem CADCA has developed a new discussion guide, entitled College and Drinking: A Risky Curriculum.
“Talk. They Hear You,” a new national public service announcement campaign that empowers parents to talk to children as young as nine years old about the dangers of underage drinking was recently launched by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Decades of research strongly support Screening and Brief Intervention as an effective means for identifying and reducing unhealthy alcohol use and related consequences among adults. More recent explorations into the use of SBI for children and adolescents indicate similar benefits and in 2010 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that health care providers of children and adolescents conduct screening for alcohol, tobacco and other drug use during all office visits. A recent study using a national survey of students in the 10th grade found that a significant number of health care providers do not follow these guidelines as recommended.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and its Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (UDETC) will host the fourth in the 2013 series of webinars being offered by members of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking. The OJJDP/UDETC program will be presented live on Tuesday, May 14 from 2-3 p.m. EST.
Early, substantive dialogue between parents and their grade-school age children about the ills of tobacco and alcohol use can be more powerful in shaping teen behavior than advertising, marketing or peer pressure, a University of Texas at Arlington marketing researcher has shown.
To reduce underage and binge drinking, the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County, in Oakton, Va., brought experts to the table to address the issue of college student binge drinking at “The Perils of the College Drinking Culture: A Forum for High School Seniors/Juniors and their Parents.”
Passage from high school to college is often a passage to binge drinking and other alcohol-related behaviors harming college students and others in the community where the college is located. Research has found parents remain a key influence through young adulthood. The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County’s (UPC) acclaimed “Perils of the College Drinking Culture” forum recognizes the importance of continued parent-student communication and the need for increased awareness of the epidemic of college drinking. In this new podcast series highlighting featured coalitions from CADCA's new resource, the Coalition Ideas Exchange, the Unified Prevention Coalition describes how they developed strong partnerships to conduct this forum of community leaders, students and parents.
Frequent binge drinking in college can cause immediate changes in circulation that increase an otherwise healthy young adult's risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in life, according to research published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
To reduce underage and binge drinking, the BAY Team – Barrington’s Substance Abuse Task Force, in Barrington, R.I. successfully advocated for a change in the town ordinance to require more frequent training for all servers and sellers of alcohol in the Barrington community. A case study of the coalition’s efforts is the first one to be featured in a brand-new section of CADCA’s website called the Coalition Ideas Exchange.
In honor of National Alcohol Abuse Awareness Month, the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), both within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are hosting a Twitter chat on alcohol use and adolescent health on Thursday, April 18 from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Regulating alcohol outlet density, or the number of physical locations in which alcoholic beverages are available for purchase in a geographic area, is an effective strategy for reducing excessive alcohol consumption and associated harms, according to a new report from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The report, which was co-authored by CADCA, explores how local communities can address alcohol outlet density, and explains the critical role of health departments and community coalitions in these efforts.
When Barrington, R.I. decided to allow its first liquor stores, The BAY Team wanted to ensure that best practices were utilized to minimize sales to minors and service to intoxicated patrons at both on and off-site locations. They changed the town ordinance to require annual training on local conditions and best practices for all servers and sellers of alcohol. In this new podcast series highlighting featured coalitions from CADCA's new resource, the Coalition Ideas Exchange, The BAY Team describes how their coalition positioned themselves to be key players in modifying local policy.