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Research – Spotlight-What’s Happening


Alcohol use, binge drinking continues to fall among underage, report finds

Washington Post, June 11, 2015

Making the Case for Greater Investment in Prevention

Campaign for a Healthy Alcohol Marketplace
January 2015

A Latent Growth Curve Analysis of Alcohol-use Specific Parenting and Adolescent Alcohol Use

Addict Behav. 2014 Dec;39(12):1701-5. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.05.003. Epub 2014 Jul 18.
This study investigates how changes in alcohol use-specific parenting were associated with adolescent drinking trajectories. Researchers found that over time, parents are less likely to discipline their adolescents’ drinking, more likely to grant their adolescent permission to drink, and less likely to communicate the consequences of alcohol use. Moreover, these changes are associated with escalation in adolescent alcohol use.

New Research Findings since 2007 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking: A Review

Hingson R & White A. New Research Findings Since the 2007 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking: A Review. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. January 2014.
Researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) evaluated studies conducted since the 2007 “Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking”. Strategies recommended by the Surgeon General to reduce underage drinking have shown promise when put into practice. These approaches include nighttime restrictions on young drivers and strict license suspension policies, interventions focused on partnerships between college campuses and the community, and routine screening by physicians to identify and counsel underage drinkers. It was recommended that continued research to develop new interventions and implementation of existing strategies that have been shown to be effective is needed.

Fewer States Holding Alcohol Retailers Responsible for Harms from Illegal Service

Health News
July 30, 2013
Fewer states are holding alcohol retailers liable for harms caused by customers who were served illegally, according to a report from researchers at Alcohol Policy Consultations and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Published online by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the legal research study documents the gradual erosion of commercial host liability (also referred to as dram shop liability) from 1989 to 2011.

Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

ICCPUD Report to Congress, 2013
This Report is the fifth to Congress and provides information on the nature and extent of the underage drinking problem, as well as an overview of the federal government’s response. It also includes data on 25 state underage drinking policies and laws, enforcement activities associated with those policies, prevention programs, and state expenditures for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Federal initiatives have helped raise underage drinking to a prominent place on the national public health agenda, creating a policy climate in which significant legislation has been passed by states and localities, and increased awareness of the problem has resulted in coordinated citizen action and more aggressive enforcement. National data show meaningful reductions in underage drinking, particularly among youth aged 12-17.

Report to Congress on the Reduction and Prevention of Underage Drinking

ICCPUD Report to Congress, 2012
This Report is the fourth to Congress and summarizes the status of the latest scientific research regarding adolescent alcohol use, describes the characteristics and consequences of underage drinking, and outlines the comprehensive efforts of the Federal Government to address the problem. It also includes individual state reports, which were mandated by the STOP Act and provide a valuable resource for Federal, State, and local policy makers, community coalitions, and others interested in addressing underage alcohol use. The information provided in this Report can serve as an important tool to address underage drinking through a concerted and informed effort by all of citizens and at all levels of government.

Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking.

ICCPUD Report to Congress, 2011
This is the third such Report to Congress; for the first time it includes a section dedicated to underage prevention and enforcement activities and policies in each of the 50 States. This addition to the Report, as mandated by Congress, provides keen insights into future Federal and State planning efforts.

Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking

ICCPUD Report to Congress, 2009
This is the second such Report to Congress. It summarizes the status of Federal efforts and discusses the latest scientific research and its disturbing indication of the potential for brain impairment in adolescents who use alcohol. The Report describes national goals and defines a set of targets for making progress in reducing underage drinking through cooperation among federal agencies and collaborations with States and parties in the private sector.

Underage Drinking in the U.S.: A Status Report, 2005

March 2006
The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) issued a report titled Underage Drinking in the United States: A Status Report, 2005. The purpose of the report is to prompt action on underage drinking by putting a spotlight on whether the Nation is making progress in protecting our children by reducing underage drinking. It is based on epidemiological data and on research on underage drinking released in 2005.

A Comprehensive Plan for Preventing and Reducing Underage Drinking

ICCPUD Report to Congress, 2006
In response to Congressional concern about underage drinking and at the request of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) was convened to develop a comprehensive Plan for addressing underage drinking. That Plan represents the contributions of agencies across the government as well as input from distinguished experts and a variety of parties interested in this vital issue. This is the first Report to Congress. It provides an analysis of where we are on this critical issue and where we want to be. It takes advantage of the latest scientific data available and is based on input from some of the brightest minds in the country who have devoted their lives and service to preventing and reducing underage drinking.

The STOP Underage Drinking Act

The “Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act,” or “STOP Underage Drinking Act,” was enacted by Congress in 2006. The bill recognizes that “a multifaceted effort is needed to more successfully address underage drinking in the United States.” The key to making progress against underage drinking is a coordinated approach to prevention, intervention, treatment, and research. To read more about the law, visit

The Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking’s (ICCPUD) Interim Report

ICCPUD Interim Report to Congress, 2005
After ICCPUD’s report, The Development of a Plan or Combating Underage Drinking, was submitted, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), on behalf of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, promised to present Congress with a “plan for combating underage drinking, including project costs and next steps to be taken.” That Interim Report was made available to Congress in January 2005.

Development of a plan for Combating Underage Drinking

ICCPUD Report to Congress, 2004
The Senate Appropriations Committee for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies released a report that commended the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary for establishing the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD). The committee report also stated it was disappointed that ICCPUD’s Interim Report did not include plans for a Surgeon’s General’s “Call to Action” on the prevention of underage drinking. The committee strongly appealed for the Surgeon General to issue a “Call to Action” on the health crisis of underage drinking. The Development of a Plan for Combating Underage Drinking was released in April 2004.

Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility, 2003

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.

Criminal Liability for Hosting Underage Drinking Parties

The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) web site includes information about criminal liability for hosting underage drinking parties under its Selected Policy Topics section. The section discusses legislation that holds individuals (social hosts) criminally responsible for underage drinking on property they own, lease, or otherwise control.


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