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.
African-American youth ages 12-20 are seeing more advertisements for alcohol in magazines and on TV compared with all youth ages 12-20, according to a new report from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
For a community coalition to be most effective, its members and staff must be well equipped with research on the latest substance abuse trends. Coalitions are most likely to implement successful community interventions when they are informed and evidence-based. Learn about the latest and emerging trends in underage drinking in the upcoming CADCA National Coalition Institute webinar “New Research Since the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.”
A new, bipartisan national poll conducted on behalf of the Center for Alcohol Policy recently found that Americans overwhelmingly agree that alcohol is a unique product that is not like other consumer goods, and they support state restrictions on alcohol that are not found on other consumer goods.
Driving while under the influence presents serious public health problems and, since more than half of all self-reported binge-drinking episodes occur in a bar or restaurant, it is critical to address the overservice of alcohol, an environmental factor contributing to this behavior. Current research suggests implementing alcohol control policies to reduce alcohol-related harms connected to the overservice of alcoholic beverages in on-premises alcohol outlets. A recent study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that dram shop liability laws help prevent motor vehicle crashes, though more research is needed to better understand the effects of enhanced enforcement of overservice laws.
In Yahoo’s fashion blog this week, the issue was raised about a new line of Urban Outfitters t-shirts that promote binge and underage drinking with slogans such as "I Vote For Vodka,” “Misery Loves Alcohol,” and "USA Drinking Team." A version modeled by a young woman on their website, who appears to be a teenager, features blurry letters reading, "I Drink You're Cute.”
For a community coalition to be most effective, its members and staff must be well equipped with research on the latest substance abuse trends. Coalitions are most likely to implement successful community interventions when they are informed and evidence-based. Learn about the latest and emerging trends in underage drinking in the upcoming CADCA National Coalition Institute webinar entitled, “New Research Since the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.”