Links – Statistical Information on Underage Drinking

Links – Statistical Information on Underage Drinking


Alcohol and Development in Youth – A Multidisciplinary Overview

Volume 28, Number 3, 2004/2005

Alcohol Dependence or Abuse and Age at First Use (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Alcohol Justice (formerly Marin Institute)

Alcohol Justice addresses alcohol policy issues through media advocacy, community training, serving as a watchdog for the industry’s marketing activities, and the dissemination of information and research. Its Web site includes information about the organization, full-text documents, and access to its Alcohol Industry & Policy Database, which indexes news articles about the alcohol industry’s activities.

Alcohol Justice works to create a physical and social environment that helps young people and others make healthy choices, and that promotes responsible action by government and the alcohol industry. Environmental prevention is an essential part of a comprehensive campaign to prevent alcohol problems that also includes treatment and other prevention strategies focusing on individual behavior.

Alcohol Use and Delinquent Behaviors among Youths (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Alcohol Policies Project

The Alcohol Policies Project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest seeks to curb the consequences of drinking through a comprehensive, prevention-oriented policy strategy. This Web site is geared toward alcohol policy advocates, providing updated news stories and action alerts. Further, the site includes factsheets on alcohol and youth, binge drinking, advertising, and taxes.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) produced a resource – the Factbook on State Beer Taxes – aimed at informing the debate on alcohol taxes and other alcohol policy issues. Targeted toward preventionists, policymakers, educators, and journalists, the book provides data on beer-tax rates across the country and presents ideas about the appropriate role of the alcohol industry in societal attempts to combat alcohol problems.

Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY)

The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University monitors the marketing practices of the alcohol industry to focus attention and action on industry practices that jeopardize the health and safety of America’s youth.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

CADCA’s mission is to build and strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities. The organization supports its members with technical assistance and training, public policy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences and special events.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) among Young Persons (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

High School and Youth Trends (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) [Stop Underage Drinking Portal of Federal Resources]

StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue. People interested in underage drinking prevention (including parents, educators, community-based organizations, and youth) will find a wealth of valuable information here.

Monitoring the Future

Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991). In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

MADD’s Web site includes information about MADD’s initiatives to prevent impaired driving, reduce underage drinking, and provide assistance to victims of alcohol-related traffic crashes. In addition, one can find a compilation of facts and statistics on underage drinking and traffic crashes, daily news summaries, and a comprehensive set of links to related Web sites.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

NHTSA provides leadership to the motor vehicle and highway safety community through the development of innovative approaches to reducing motor vehicle crashes and injuries.

NIAAA’s college drinking information including the A Call to Action Report

A one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.

Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility

Alcohol use by young people is extremely dangerous – both to themselves and society at large. Underage alcohol use is associated with traffic fatalities, violence, unsafe sex, suicide, educational failure, and other problem behaviors that diminish the prospects of future success, as well as health risks – and the earlier teens start drinking, the greater the danger. Despite these serious concerns, the media continues to make drinking look attractive to youth, and it remains possible and even easy for teenagers to get access to alcohol.

Why is this dangerous behavior so pervasive? What can be done to prevent it? What will work and who is responsible for making sure it happens? Reducing Underage Drinking addresses these questions and proposes a way to combat underage alcohol use. It explores the ways in which many different individuals and groups contribute to the problem and how they can be enlisted to prevent it. Reducing Underage Drinking will serve as both a game plan and a call to arms for anyone with an investment in youth health and safety.

Snapshot of Annual High-Risk College Drinking Consequences (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism)

State data of Alcohol, Tobacco and Illegal Drug Use

Underage Drinking in Rural Areas (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

University of Minnesota Alcohol Epidemiology Program

The Alcohol Epidemiology Program (AEP) is a research program in the Division of Epidemiology and Community health within the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis campus). The mission of the AEP is to conduct advanced research to discover effective community and policy interventions to reduce alcohol-related social and health problems.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System

The YRBSS was developed in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States.