Alcohol is still the number one substance abused by youth, and CADCA will bring several alcohol prevention-related training sessions to its 15th annual Mid-Year Training Institute in Las Vegas.

A single screening question about drinking frequency in the past year could help doctors identify adolescents at risk for alcohol problems, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). 

New research reveals that nine laws designed to reduce underage drinking have been instrumental in saving more than 1,100 lives each year in the states that have adopted them, and that an additional 210 lives could be saved annually if they were adopted in every state, Medical News Today reports.

The Healthy Communities that Care Coalition of Livingston County, NY, was recently named a “Coalition of Excellence” by CADCA. The coalition received the Coalition in Focus award for their success in addressing youth alcohol use at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum last month. Project Director Rachel Pena and Prevention Specialist Robert Levy accepted the award on stage.

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.

Adults who use marijuana are five times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder—alcohol abuse or dependence— compared with adults who do not use the drug, a new study finds.

Binge drinking at an early age may encourage dangerous habits in the future, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Although youth drink less frequently than adults, the practice of binge drinking means that when they do drink, they consume more. Youth consume more than 90 percent of their alcohol during binge-drinking sessions, according to the study.

CADCA invites you to register for our next webinar, “Drugged Driving Data and How to Use it at the Community Level,” from 1-2:30 p.m. EST March 1.

The discussion will feature topical expertise from Laura Liddicoat, and Dr. Dereece D. Smither regarding fatal crashes and the information gathered from current reporting efforts. The presentation will define impairment related to drugged driving, and showcase evaluation strategies that have been developed to reduce impaired driving. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s "Talk. They Hear You." national public service announcement campaign empowers parents to talk to children as young as nine years old about the dangers of underage drinking. "Talk. They Hear You." raises parents' awareness about these issues and arms them with information they need to help them start a conversation about alcohol with their children before their children become teenagers.

Alcohol Justice reported this week that an updated version of the alcopop Buzzballz is once again targeting youth. Buzzballz, with its bright colors and candy-like flavors packs a punch. The beverage has a 60-proof, or 30 percent alcohol by volume. That's an additional 10-15 percent more alcohol than the original product that debuted several years ago.

The product is sold in a 750ml container of pre-mixed cocktails and a shot glass attached to the bottle.