Civic groups are made up of community leaders and can influence community alcohol norms. Civic groups can help shape community attitudes and behaviors regarding youth and alcohol. Your civic group can ‘get and give’ to help answer the call for community change!

Making the Case:

Why Partner To Reduce Underage And Youth Binge Drinking?

  • Alcohol is the #1 drug of choice among children and adolescents; they use alcohol 10 times more than all illegal drugs, combined. Cobb County students binge drink at a friend’s house on the weekend more than other students in the state.
  • Too many consider underage and youth binge drinking a rite of passage to adulthood.Significant research has identified this adult belief as a factor contributing to this behavior, along with the belief that there is nothing adults can do to change youth drinking behavior.
  • Parents dramatically underestimate teenage binge drinking. 33 percent of teens binged in the past month and 3 percent of parents believed their own teen binged in the past month. Parents need help to break through denial and be empowered to act for change.
  • Alcohol harms and kills more youth than all illegal drugs, combined. For American youth under age 21; alcohol contributes to the top three causes of preventable death (murder, suicide, car crashes) and to preventable injuries from burns, drowning, assaults, STDs, and addiction.

Read the full Case Statement for Civic Leaders.

Underage Drinking in Georgia
The Facts

Tragic health, social, and economic problems result from the use of alcohol by youth. Underage drinking is a causal factor in a host of serious problems, including homicide, suicide, traumatic injury, drowning, burns, violent and property crime, high risk sex, fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol poisoning, and need for treatment for alcohol abuse and dependence.

Learn more about the cost of Underage Drinking in Georgia.

Why should civic groups care about this problem?
  • Alcohol is the #1 drug of choice among children and adolescents; they use alcohol 10 times more than all illegal drugs, combined. [National Survey on Drug Use and Health] Cobb County students report binge drinking at a friend’s house on the weekend. [Georgia Student Health Survey]
  • Alcohol related incidents at community civic events carry risks. Guidelines for reducing risks and/or reasons for choosing to make an event alcohol-free can help mitigate risk and limit youth access to alcohol.
How can civic groups help reduce underage and youth binge drinking?
  • Civic groups help shape our unique community culture and way of life. In addition to doing some excellent helping work, civic groups can have a big effect on the attitudes and expectations of the general population in relation to youth and alcohol.
  • Join Cobb Alcohol Taskforce and advocate for change. A cadre of community activists meets regularly and can provide valuable perspectives on a broad range of issues related to underage and youth binge drinking that may be of interest to your membership.
What are some guidelines for civic groups hosting events where alcohol will be present; to reduce risks and limit youth access to alcohol?
  • Understand risk management techniques for events where alcohol will be available. Contact us to access research, information and workshops that can help groups reduce and mitigate risks associated with alcohol sales and service during community civic events. Technical assistance from law enforcement partners is also available. Click here for alcohol risk management checklist.
What are some reasons for choosing to make a civic event “alcohol free?”
  • Focus on the event, not the alcohol. There are many valid reasons to serve alcohol at events. But a strong focus on alcohol can drown out an organization’s message and mission. Alcohol can also create potentially unsafe situations and put organizations in a risky position, legally and financially.
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Civic Leaders CAN

  • Work to change community attitudes about underage and youth binge drinking
  • Help get the word out about underage drinking laws
  • Help get the word out about social host laws and legal consequences for adults
  • Support parents and caregivers in their roles as mentors and monitors
  • Create friendly alcohol-free places and programs where youth can gather, volunteer and succeed without alcohol
  • Make it easier for young people who are involved in high risk drinking or at risk for alcohol dependence to get help
  • Become a partner with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce
  • Join the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce as a volunteer or friend and subscribe to monthly e-news
  • Promote Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign


  • Community Survey Report
  • Adults Who Host Lose The Most
  • Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain
  • Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes
  • Social Host Info Sheet and Resolution
  • Stop Underage Drinking with help from the faith community
  •  Al-anon offers strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers.
  • – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people that help each other solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism.
  • – Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free  is a coalition of Governor’s spouses, federal and private agencies. Focus on 9-15 age group. Statistics, research, news, etc.
  • – CADCA’s mission is to build and strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities. Useful tools, resources, publications and training institutes.
  • – Don’t Let Minors Drink is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, shares tools, resources, information and ideas.
  • – A national campaign to prevent underage drinking. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, prepared and maintains this website.
  • – The Partnership for a Drug-free America, unites parents, renowned scientists and communication professionals to help families raise healthy children. Tools to help parents talk to their kids about drugs and alcohol, and lots of useful research and resources.
  • – FACE is a national non-profit organization that supports sensible alcohol policies and practices through the development of messages, strategies and training designed to create public awareness and action on alcohol issues.
  • – Mothers Against Drunk Driving has programs for schools, “under 21” page, statistics, resources and information on underage drinking prevention as well as drunk driving prevention, including a page about social host policies.
  • – Nation Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence  provides information, publications, and is the sponsor of the Annual National Alcohol Awareness Month each April.
  • – Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration is a clearinghouse of lots of information. National Household Survey on Drug Abuse found here. Can access alcohol specific links and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) model programs.
  • – A comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue.
  • – A free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Find systematic reviews used to identify evidence based strategies to prevent excessive alcohol consumption and related harms.
  • – The power of parents, it’s your influence – MADD has created a powerful new website just for parents. Video’s, ask the experts blog, research, tips for talking to your kids, etc.
  • – From the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, time to talk provides easy-to-use guides and tips to help you have ongoing conversations with your kids to keep them healthy and drug-free.
  • – Provides useful programs and strategies, downloadable materials, interactive games and exercises, and other resources for youth, families and educators.
  • – Real talk starts here. Provides the facts, tools, conversation starters, and advice parents need to start talking early and often to their children about alcohol. Parents can create a personalized action plan.  
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  • – Underage Drinking Enforcement and Training Center spotlights success stories, and provides helpful publications to download and great support tools for underage drinking coalitions. (Take this out? Not specific to faith)