One in 9 eighth graders report being drunk at least once, new research has found. Children as young as 9 should be given the talk about alcohol and the dangers of drinking, based on a new survey published in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This week, a new partnership was announced between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The two institutes who have often worked together on research and prevention initiatives, will join forces on a National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. The annual, week-long observance, formerly called National Drug Facts Week, will bring together teens and scientific experts to shatter persistent myths about substance use and addiction and will feature information about alcohol in addition to drug use.

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:

A study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the first time provides insight on substance use initiation patterns among the one in every five full-time college students (ages 18 to 22) using illicit or potentially harmful substances. The study, which tracks initiation by month, shows the peak times for the initiation of substances including alcohol, marijuana, and inhalants.

CADCA-TV will feature an hour-long program about underage drinking. The show will debut Sept. 10th and be available on demand.

Watch “The Sobering Consequences of Underage Drinking,” to learn about the latest trends in underage drinking including the science behind the statistics, some of the serious consequences that come from underage and binge drinking, and what coalition members can do about it.

Most coalitions would want their work to “on the map,” so to speak, but one coalition in the state where CADCA and its coalitions just convened our annual Mid-Year Training Institute has implemented CADCA strategies to get its name “off” a map, literally.

Mark your calendars: CADCA-TV has returned and will feature an hour-long program about underage drinking. The show will debut Sept. 10th and be available on demand.

Watch “The Sobering Consequences of Underage Drinking,” to learn about the latest trends in underage drinking including the science behind the statistics, some of the serious consequences that come from underage and binge drinking, and what coalition members can do about it.

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.

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows a decline in the level of past month underage alcohol consumption, as well as a drop in underage binge drinking, but alcohol still remains the drug of choice for youth.

The report, “Underage Drinking Declined Between 2002 and 2013,” is based on SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health report.

A landmark study by Boston University and Boston Medical Center researchers reveals that states with stronger alcohol policies have lower rates of youth overall drinking and binge drinking.

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