Energy drinks combined with alcohol were once available for purchase as a pre-mixed beverage, until 2010 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that the combination was unsafe. A new study by the Research Society on Alcoholism found that despite what the FDA determined, mixing highly-caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol is still a popular binge drinking practice.

Alcohol-impaired driving crashes still account for one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.  The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion. Facts such as these continue to drive efforts in communities around the country to reduce driving under the influence. CADCA, through the support of NHTSA, has developed an Impaired Driving Prevention Toolkit to aid community efforts with the latest research and evidence-based strategies.

Event Provides Community Leaders Effective Drug Prevention Strategies and the Latest Research in the Field

WHAT:           Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is holding its 26th Annual National Leadership Forum to convene thousands of community substance abuse prevention leaders and global experts to discuss solutions to the most pressing public health issues threatening communities. The event kicks off with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Prevention Day.

Alcohol continues to be the number one substance of choice among young people and many communities are looking for ways to address this problem. That’s why reducing underage drinking will be a major topic addressed at CADCA’s 2015 Mid-Year Training Institute Aug. 2-6 in Indianapolis. And who better to cover the topic than Dr. David Jernigan.

Research from two Duke University studies suggests researchers may be able to predict how likely young adults are to develop problem drinking or engage in risky sexual behavior in response to stress.

The research is part of the ongoing Duke Neurogenetics Study (DNS), which began in 2010 to better understand how interactions between the brain, genome and environment shape risky behaviors that can predict mental illnesses including depression, anxiety, and addiction.

Cinco de Mayo celebrates a battle in which an army of Mexican peasants defeated the highly-trained invading French forces on May 5, 1862, in Puebla, Mexico. It is the story of the successful underdog and a way to honor a nation's heritage and culture. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, as many people believe. It is also not a reason to drive drunk.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) doesn’t want revelers to rely on pure Irish luck this St. Patrick’s Day.

Their data estimate that on March 17 from 2009 to 2013, there were a total of 276 lives lost in St. Patrick’s Day drunk-driving crashes.

New materials include a real time countdown to Saint Patrick's Day, updated infographics, and a web video. Materials are based on two campaign messages of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (enforcement), and Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving (social norming).

Coalition Core Essentials is an online course intended for coalition leaders, staff, volunteers, and partners. This course is based on the curriculum trained during CADCA's National Coalition Academy, though this course does not serve as a replacement for the Academy experience.

This publication provides an overview of qualitative data – how it can be used as a valid and reliable data collection process, how a coalition can engage in several qualitative data collection methodologies, and how to utilize qualitative data in all phases of the coalition problem-solving process as informed by the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) process.

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