If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. This old adage worked for the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition in Troy, New York. The “Collar City,” near the state’s Capitol, had experienced a surge of criminal and gang activity, and the last straw was a local problem with synthetic marijuana. A neighborhood action committee was formed. They sought Drug-Free Communities Support Program funding. Twice rejected, the coalition submitted their application again and are now successfully implementing their initiatives as a Year One DFC grantee.

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.

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.

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 this summer.

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.

HealthDay News reported about a new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggesting that teen drinking habits are influenced by movies featuring imbibing characters.

The findings fit with evidence that teens are more likely to engage in various risky behaviors that occur in the films and TV shows they watch, said study author Andrea Waylen, a senior lecturer in social sciences at the University of Bristol in England.

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