New research released by the Boston University School of Public Health recommends that social media messaging, screening and interventions should be implemented at colleges to prevent and reduce binge and underage drinking.

The Working Together: A Coalition for Safe and Healthy Communities has taken the words “working together” literally. The Minnesota coalition, headquartered in Pine River, Minn., decided to change its approach to collaboration and has increased its capacity and even after losing its Drug Free Communities funding, has implemented strategies for its sustainability.

More than 20 percent of the global population smoke tobacco and five percent have an alcohol use disorder. That’s according to Global Statistics on Addictive Behaviours: 2014 Status Report, a collection of the most recent, up-to-date data on addictive disorders worldwide, published in the journal Addiction.

A new study reveals that despite the overall decrease in alcohol consumption in developed, wealthy countries, the rates of binge drinking among the young have vastly increased.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reminds parents that it’s never too early to talk to your kids about the dangers of underage drinking. They found that parents have a significant influence on whether their kids drink. SAMHSA also found that children start experimenting with alcohol earlier than many parents realize:

  • 10 percent of 9- to 10-year-olds have already started drinking.

  • By the age of 12-years-old, 10 percent of kids say they’ve tried alcohol.

A team of researchers at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center recently found that teenagers between 15 to 17 years old who ever consumed alcohol mixed with energy drinks are four times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder than teens who have never mixed the two substances.

High school football games are typically a family affair – an opportunity for teens and parents to come out and support young football hopefuls playing the sport they love. So when local officials noticed that parents and other adults were drinking and partying in the school parking lot before the games, the Indiana-based Warrick County Communities That Care (CTC) Coalition knew they had to take action.

Repeated use of alcohol during adolescent years leads to long-lasting, detrimental changes to the memory and learning areas of the brain, according to findings from a Duke University Medical Center research group.

Sometimes, all it takes to start community change is a cup of coffee. When the West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders coalition hosts their bi-monthly Parent Cafes, it is evident that parents and youth sharing a conversation over a symbolic cup of Joe are closing the intergenerational gap in this west side Chicago community. That, in turn, opens the door to community mobilization to reduce its underage drinking rates.

A new study examined the relationship between marijuana and alcohol use, finding that simultaneous users had double the odds of participating in high-risk behavior such as impaired driving, social consequences and harm to self.

Results will be published in the May 2015 online-only issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.