Alcohol Justice, the U.S.-based industry watchdog, released a new report showing convenience store giant 7-Eleven has reduced prices on supersized, youth-attractive alcopops. The report, “Alcopops Cheaper than Energy Drinks: 7-Eleven Gambles with Children’s Lives,” found that in some cases alcopops were less expensive than other alcoholic beverages and some energy drinks, making it more enticing for youth.
A new report shows that 21.8 percent of pregnant Caucasian women age 15 to 44 currently (within the past 30 days) smoked cigarettes. The study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also showed that cigarette smoking levels among pregnant Caucasian women were significantly higher than the levels among pregnant African-American women (14.2 percent) and pregnant Latinas (6.5 percent) in the same 15 to 44 age range.
Coalitions can address advanced environmental policy strategies, working with public health department to restrict alcohol outlets, implementing price control strategies such as alcohol excise taxes to reduce access, and commercial host liability or “dram shop” laws as part of the “Environmental Strategies: No One-hit Wonder” track at CADCA's 2012 Mid-Year Training Institute.
A new study shows that a computer-facilitated Screening and Brief Advice system tested with teens in the United States and Prague promoted reductions in use of alcohol and marijuana, respectively, for up to one year.
They’re doing it in San Francisco, San Leandro, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Arizona. Health advocates are preparing to host their annual Cinco de Mayo fiestas. And they’re doing it with pride, or con orgullo, not with alcohol or tobacco.
A new online tool from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health determines the extent of exposure to radio alcohol advertisements among young people ages 12 to 20 in 75 different media markets. The resource is the first to provide parents, health departments and other key audiences with access to customizable information on youth exposure to radio alcohol advertising.
Over the past four years, CADCA has provided training and technical assistance to various communities in Brazil, South America’s largest country. Evidence is now emerging about the impact of a coalition CADCA helped form in the city of Pindamonhangaba (“Pinda”), a city of 150,000 inhabitants, in São Paulo State.
Napa Valley, Calif., is an area famous throughout the world for its wineries, but could soon become infamous for some of the highest rates of teen alcohol and marijuana use in the state. In response to this, the Catalyst Coalition of Napa County, a CADCA member, has implemented a new pediatrician screening program.
During the month of April and on National Alcohol Screening Day, which is today, nearly 1,000 community-based organizations, colleges and military installations will offer free, anonymous alcohol screenings. The screenings, available both in-person and online at www.HowDoYouScore.org, help people understand the difference between moderate alcohol use, risky drinking and alcohol abuse, as well as provide treatment resources, when necessary. National Alcohol Screening Day is held annually as part of Alcohol Awareness Month.
Drug Free Charlotte County in Port Charlotte, Fla. received CADCA’s Got Outcomes! Coalition of Excellence award for Coalition of the Year which recognizes an advanced coalition for successfully implementing comprehensive and collective strategies to achieve one or more targeted community-level reductions for multiple substances.
In a new report, the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), an independent, nonfederal, unpaid group of public health and prevention experts, recommends against privatization of retail alcohol sales in places that currently have government control, based on evidence that privatization leads to increased consumption of alcoholic beverages, excessive drinking and related harms.
A recent survey published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that Nebraska has a drinking problem. Regarding binge drinking, the state ranks second in the nation. And alcohol is the number one preventable cause of death among Nebraska’s teens. One CADCA member says the solution to this “youth” problem is caused by and can be solved by adults.
In the United States annually, excessive alcohol consumption accounts for an average of 79,000 deaths and 2.3 million years of potential life lost, making it the third-leading preventable cause of death in the country. This serious public health problem carries a heavy economic burden and causes a number of adverse health and social consequences. In 1998, researchers estimated that excessive alcohol consumption cost the United States $184.6 billion each year. According to a recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the cost of excessive alcohol consumption grew to 223.5 billion in 2006, with binge drinking accounting for over 75% of the total economic cost.
HealthDay News reported the findings of a new study this week which found that watching a lot of movies that feature alcohol doubles the likelihood that young teens will start drinking, and these teens are more likely to progress to binge drinking.