November 5, 2015

Learn New Ways to Prevent Alcohol-Associated Problems with New CADCA Resources

Have you test-driven CADCA’s new impaired driving prevention toolkit? Well, you’re in for a great journey through the Seven Strategies for Community Change and how they can be applied to reduce impaired driving in your community.

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 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has developed an Impaired Driving Prevention Toolkit to aid community efforts with the latest research and evidence-based strategies.

CADCA’s Impaired Driving Prevention Toolkit is designed to provide coalitions, law enforcement partners and drug prevention practitioners with strategies to prevent and reduce impaired driving in their communities.

“Equipped with the findings from key research in the field, the toolkit’s Impaired Driving Prevention Strategies highlight environmental strategies that coalitions can use to change the context (or environment) in which impaired driving occurs,” said Allison Jacobs, CADCA’s MPH, ICPS, Evaluation and Research Manager.

The Toolkit offers a variety of strategies aimed at changing or influencing community conditions, standards, institutions, systems and policies. To assist coalitions with assessing and planning their impaired driving prevention efforts, the Toolkit provides links to significant research and top experts in the field, fact sheets, guidelines for data collectionsample logic modelssample intervention maps and success stories to inform decision making and communication.

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 and binge drinking is key. And who better to cover the topic than Dr. David Jernigan, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, and Director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jernigan developed CADCA’s brand-new Strategizer. Produced jointly with CAMY, Strategizer 57: Reducing Alcohol-Related Harms Through Commercial Host Liability introduces public health depart­ments, community coalitions and other interested organizations and individuals to commercial host liability as a public health intervention to reduce the health and social problems associated with excessive alcohol use.

“This new publication offers coalitions insight into a powerful strategy to reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes: holding those who sell or serve alcohol for profit liable for serving underage persons and over-serving adult patrons,” Jernigan said.

Both resources are free of charge. 

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