A live conversation with Dr. Sandra C. Jones about the parental perceptions associated with their provision of alcohol to underage youth. Dr. Jones is from the Centre for Health and Social Research at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia.

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.

Whether it’s adult binge and underage drinking or prescription drug abuse, the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse (CAPSAT) of Tulsa, Okla., has been able to change the environment by partnering with many sectors, including one unique coalition supporter, their Mayor.

The College Alcohol Intervention Matrix is a new resource to help schools address harmful and underage student drinking.

Over the years, companies have brought products into the marketplace that glamorize underage drinking. The latest product is a toy that is marketed to elementary school-age children, a dollhouse to fuel Barbie’s thirst for booze.

On an average day, 1.2 million full-time college students in the U.S. (ages 18 to 22) drank alcohol and 703,759 smoked marijuana, according to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The report also shows that on an average day, 239,212 part-time college students (ages 18 to 22) drank alcohol and 195,020 used marijuana.  The report differentiated full-time and part-time college students by their college enrollment status.

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.

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.

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.

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