“Party this weekend? We’ll see you there!” So begins the flyer and campaign organized by the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition, in Bradenton, Fla. to stop underage drinking and substance use in their community.
CADCA is pleased that U.S. Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), and Karen Bass (D-Calif.) have introduced H.R. 498 to reauthorize the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act.
In a random survey of more than 2,500 10th grade students with an average age of 16 years, researchers from NIAAA and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that 34 percent reported drinking alcohol in the past month. Twenty-six percent said they had binged, defined as five or more drinks per occasion for males, and four or more for females. Physicians often fail to ask high school-aged patients about alcohol use and to advise young people to reduce or stop drinking, according to a study led by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for STOP Act grants aimed at preventing alcohol use among underage youth in communities across the nation.
Coalitions interested in community interventions to reduce impaired driving in their communities don’t want to miss the session “Community Approaches to Impaired Driving and Underage Drinking” on Thursday, Feb. 7th at CADCA’s 23rd National Leadership Forum.
Binge drinking is not often recognized as a women’s-specific health problem, but nearly 14 million U.S. women binge drink about three times a month, and consume an average of six drinks per binge, according to a Vital Signs report released this week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The NFL Super Bowl is known for its commercials as much as the game itself. Of that wide viewing audience, about 18 percent will be youth younger than 21. If your student is one of them, he or she will be exposed to alcohol advertising. They’ll be watching, so you should be too.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) joined with local law enforcement officers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governors Highway Safety Association to kick-off its holiday campaign to address drunk driving. At the event, NHTSA also released new 2011 state-by-state drunk driving statistics showing that in 2011, 9,878 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, including 395 during the second half of December alone.
In the United States, alcohol use remains widespread among college students. Their high-risk drinking produces a number of “second-hand” dangerous consequences not only to the drinker, but also to other individuals. To expand existing research, a research team led by Dr. Mark Wolfson at Wake Forest School of Medicine conducted the Study to Prevent Alcohol Related Consequences (SPARC), which used community organizing to develop and implement environmental strategies on college campuses and the surrounding communities. SPARC coalitions showed significant decreases in alcohol-related consequences and injuries.
There were nearly 58,000 admissions of veterans to substance abuse treatment facilities in 2010, according to the most recent data from the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), and as reported in the Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland, College Park.
A Chesterfield County (Va.) initiative, Compliance Checks: A Community Approach was among those recognized recently as Bright Ideas by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.