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.
Heavy drinking during pregnancy disrupts proper brain development in children and adolescents years after they were exposed to alcohol in the womb, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The study is the first to track children over several years to examine how heavy exposure to alcohol in utero affects brain growth over time.
Coalitions looking for quick and clever ways to promote the dangers of risky and binge drinking on and around Halloween can look to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) for free “photo messages” to post on web sites, Facebook pages, e-newsletter, Twitter feeds, and in email blasts.
The percentage of teens in high school (ages 16 and older) who drove when they had been drinking alcohol decreased by 54 percent between 1991 and 2011, according to a Vital Signs study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine out of 10 high school teens (ages 16 and older) did not drink and drive during 2011.