Coalitions looking for a quick and easy binge drinking campaign can look no further than the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website for Saint Patrick's Day marketing materials.
In the United States, smoking remains the leading cause of premature mortality and alcohol consumption the third-leading cause of mortality. Not only does the concurrent use of cigarettes and alcohol increase risks for certain cancers, but also makes it more difficult to quit either substance. Since concurrent use of tobacco and alcohol is very common among young adults, they are often the focus of aggressive tobacco promotional efforts. A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health demonstrates that many tobacco companies not only research the link between these two products, but also use this knowledge to develop marketing strategies that reinforce concurrent use of alcohol and tobacco.
Bringing their experiences from their past lives working in the corporate world to the prevention field, two New Jersey women have proven there is no “I” in team. When Lesley Gabel’s coalition involvement called for an additional staff member, it was a natural choice to call her neighbor and friend Peggy Dowd. The pair and their coalition, Hunterdon County Safe Communities Coalition serving Hunterdon County, N.J., were selected for CADCA’s 2012 GOTOUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence award in the “Milestones” category.
Alcohol use remains widespread among college students. When students engage in high-risk drinking, there are risks of consequences not only for the drinker, but also for other individuals, including interruption of sleep and study, verbal harassment, assault, and degradation of the on-campus environment. 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), a randomized community trial involving 10 universities in one Southeastern state (five intervention sites and five comparison sites) funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Today, fewer students are drinking in Liberty, Mo. Not only did 30-day alcohol use among youth decrease, but there was a reduction in binge drinking among high school students in that community. That’s thanks, in large part, to the efforts of the Liberty Alliance for Youth, Inc. in Liberty, Mo., which was recently awarded CADCA’s 2012 GOT OUTCOMES! Coalition of Excellence award in the Coalition in Focus category.
“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.