Violent crime could be reduced significantly if policymakers at the local level limit the number of neighborhood liquor stores and ban the sale of single-serve containers of alcoholic beverages, according to separate studies led by University of California, Riverside researchers.
Retired prosecutor Bob Goldschlag left the courtroom for the classroom to teach life skills classes to at-risk youth, never knowing he would end up as a coalition director. Recently, he became the Director of Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention’s DART (Developing Alcohol Responsibility Together) Community Coalition.
At 9:09 a.m. Sept. 9, 1999, the first international Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Awareness Day was observed. The date and time were chosen to mark the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month, which serves as a reminder that FAS, like all Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), is completely preventable if a woman does not consume alcohol during the nine months of pregnancy. Yet, alcohol-exposed pregnancies continue to be a leading cause of birth defects and mental retardation in the United States, and children with an FASD often go unrecognized or are misdiagnosed, even as adults.
While the popular tourist destination of Wildwood, N.J. is known for its beaches and fun, carnival-like atmosphere, locals say this party-like scene can create a number of alcohol-related problems. Thankfully, the Cape Assist coalition is there to help prevent and reduce these types of problems.
FY 2012 funding for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) program is in jeopardy, as both the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee on Appropriations in the House, as well as the full House Appropriations Committee, have voted to eliminate funding for the program. The Senate CJS Subcommittee on Appropriations has not yet marked up its version of the bill, however, which means there is still time to influence their decision. That’s why CADCA issued a Legislative Alert to the field encouraging coalition leaders to contact their Senators to urge them to adequately fund the EUDL program in FY 2012. If you haven’t already, please act on this as soon as possible.
This week, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University released the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVI: Teens and Parents. This year’s survey reveals that teens who regularly use social networking sites are at increased risk of smoking, drinking and using drugs. The survey finds that compared to teens who in a typical day do not spend any time on a social networking site, those who do are five times likelier to use tobacco, three times likelier to use alcohol, and twice as likely to use marijuana.
According to an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Community Preventive Services Task Force found that holding alcohol retailers liable for injuries or damage done by their intoxicated customers can reduce motor vehicle deaths, homicides, injuries, and other alcohol-related problems. The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, nonfederal, volunteer body of public health and prevention experts, determined that commercial host liability, otherwise known as dram shop liability, can be an effective intervention for reducing alcohol-related harms.
A new report developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) providing state-by-state analyses of a wide range of behavioral health issues reveals that despite some wide variations among the states in the types and levels of problems they confront— every state must deal with these issues. For example, among those aged 12 and older, Iowa had less than half the current illicit drug use rate of Alaska (5.3-percent versus 13.5-percent) yet Iowa also was among the top 10 states with the highest levels of people age 12 and older currently participating in binge drinking (28.6-percent).
New research from Northwestern University Medicine shows that 50 percent of college drinkers report at least one alcohol-induced memory blackout in the past year during a drinking binge. Despite being fully conscious during such blackouts, students could not recall specific events, such as how they got to a bar, party or their own front door.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will launch a campaign to crack down on impaired driving and reduce roadway fatalities from Aug. 19 to Sept. 5. The annual, nationwide enforcement effort is supported by $14 million in paid national advertising campaign to help put motorists on notice that if they are caught driving while impaired, they will be arrested. The national ads, produced by NHTSA in English and Spanish, are targeted at young male drivers (ages 21-34) and motorcycle riders, who are the most common perpetrators of impaired driving.
For Seyram Selase, making a difference in his community of Anniston, Ala., has been a journey, both personally and professionally. His journey took him to Africa and to Texas before deciding to return to his hometown to work on his community’s substance abuse problems, primarily alcohol. Selase, 27, is part of a new generation of young adult leaders determined to change the environment.
Advertising effectively promotes alcohol brands to teens, researchers from Dartmouth Medical School and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found in a study published in this month’s issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.