Visitors to Martha's Vineyard come to Falmouth, Mass. to take in the warm water beaches, quaint Main Street, trendy bistros and historic village green. But amidst all the Cape Cod tourism is a community of more than 30,000 people who are turning the tide on underage drinking and youth prescription drug use.
In cash-strapped cities such as Vista and Oceanside, Calif., proposals from outdoor advertising companies to construct double-sided, digital billboards on public land and share in the profits may sound enticing. Cities from Sacramento to Chicago have already embarked on such partnerships, and revenue seems to be pouring in. But, as the North Coastal Prevention Coalition (NCPC) discovered, these outdoor advertising ventures can sometimes cause more harm than good.
Four alcohol brands - Patron tequila, Hennessy cognac, Grey Goose vodka, and Jack Daniel's whiskey - accounted for more than half of alcohol brand mentions in the songs that mentioned alcohol use in Billboard's most popular song lists in 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to a new study from researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study was reported in Medical News Today.
A new online training course will help health care professionals conduct fast, evidence-based alcohol screening and brief intervention with youth. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) produced the course jointly with Medscape, a leading provider of online continuing medical education.
Excessive alcohol use causes a large economic burden to states and the District of Columbia, according to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Excessive alcohol use cost states and D.C. a median of $2.9 billion in 2006, ranging from $420 million in North Dakota to $32 billion in California. This means the median cost per state for each alcoholic drink consumed was about $1.91.
For many teens, prom night is one of the most memorable nights of their lives but too often teens engage in risky behaviors that can lead to negative consequences. To address this, the SAYF (Supporting Ardsley Youth and Families) Coalition launched an effort to educate and empower parents about the potential dangers of prom night.
Could technology help curb underage drinking? The makers of a new app seem to think so. The new iPhone app, called barZapp, aims to help stop underage drinking by making it easier for bartenders and bouncers to spot fake IDs.
Fewer states are holding alcohol retailers liable for harms caused by customerswho were served illegally, according to a new report from researchers at Alcohol Policy Consultations and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Published online by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine the legal research study documents
the gradual erosion of commercial host liability (also referred to as dram shop liability) from 1989 to 2011.
In 2009, Tennessee took a bold move to help curb underage drinking – they passed a social host law making it illegal for an adult to knowingly host an underage drinking party. But after seeing little to no action taken on the law, the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition took matters into their own hands.
A study reported by Medical News Today showed that young people with impulsive tendencies are more prone to drinking heavily at an early age. The study was conducted by scientists at the University of Liverpool.
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).