Elected and public officials assume a leadership role within a community and have the ability to shape and influence healthy community alcohol norms. Governments have authority to provide for alcohol control, including regulation and enforcement. Laws and ordinances are government policies and practices that provide the framework for effective and sustained changes in underage and youth binge drinking!
Making the Case: Government
Why Partner To Reduce Underage And Youth Binge Drinking?
- Protect public health, safety and quality of life. Youth drinking contributes significantly to crime, violence, and a variety of poor social, health and education outcomes.
- Provide leadership and shape community norms. A significant body of research highlights the role of alcohol policy and community leadership in shaping desired population based youth drinking behavior change. Research also identified 22 evidence-based alcohol policies and regulatory strategies for preventing youth access to alcohol.
- Prevent juvenile delinquency by limiting youth access to alcohol. Fifty percent of criminal cases (assault, traffic, theft, fraud, sex crime, etc.) in the juvenile justice system involve alcohol. Private home parties are the primary source by which youth obtain alcohol.
- Reduce costs. Underage drinking alone cost Georgia $1.7 billion in 2007. Government bore a large portion of the cost through enforcement, prosecution and incarceration. Businesses shared in the cost through lost productivity and healthcare costs.
Read the full Case Statement for Government.
Underage Drinking in Georgia
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.
- Because they are charged to protect public health, safety and quality of life. Youth drinking contributes significantly to crime, violence, and a variety of poor social, health, education and quality of life outcomes. [Department of Justice and the Office of National Drug Control Policy]
- To reduce costs. An estimated $3.1 million for Cobb County annually is attributable to underage drinking alone. Governments bore a large portion through enforcement, prosecution and incarceration, lost productivity and healthcare costs. [Journal of Studies on Alcohol and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget]
- A significant body of research highlights the role of alcohol policy and elected and public leadership in shaping desired population based youth drinking behavior change. Research also identified 22 evidence-based alcohol policies and regulatory strategies for preventing youth access to alcohol. [Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation]
- Develop laws, ordinances, policies, etc. to address commercial availability, social/public availability, and youth possession.
- Use licensing and regulatory “best practices” to control alcohol landscape and protect public health and safety.
- Use land use planning to control retail outlet density.
- Assess existing laws and regulations to identify and close gaps and loopholes.
- Identify strengths upon which effective enforcement strategies can be built.
- Motivate enforcement and regulatory agencies to strengthen enforcement of existing laws and regulations.
- Check out report Regulatory Strategies for Preventing Youth Access to Alcohol: BEST PRACTICES.
- Check out report A Review of Georgia Alcohol Regulatory Best Practices for Preventing Youth Access to Alcohol: findings, conclusions & recommendations.
- Contact the Taskforce for technical assistance in reviewing local alcohol ordinances to find gaps/opportunities to add best practices.
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- Develop laws, ordinances, policies, etc. to address commercial availability, social/public availability, and youth possession
- Use licensing and regulatory “best practices” to control alcohol landscape and protect public health and safety
- Use land use planning to control retail outlet density
- Assess existing laws and regulations to identify and close gaps and loopholes
- Identify strengths upon which effective enforcement strategies can be built
- Motivate enforcement and regulatory agencies to strengthen enforcement of existing laws and regulations
- 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
- Report to U. S. Congress, Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility
- U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking
- Regulatory Strategies for Preventing Youth Access to Alcohol
- A review of Georgia Alcohol Regulatory Best Practices for Preventing Youth Access to Alcohol
- Why Do Adolescents Drink, What Are the Risks, and How Can Underage Drinking Be Prevented?
- Alcohol Advertising and Youth
- Implementation of local social host ordinance
- How To Use Local Regulatory and Land Use Powers To Prevent Underage Drinking
- Effectiveness of Alcohol Server Training Programs
- Research Brief: Sunday Alcohol Package Sales
- Cobb Alcohol Taskforce Citizen Survey Report, 2009
- www.alcoholcostcalculator.org – Alcohol Cost Calculator provides an easy-to-use tool and is designed to help teachers, parents, lawmakers and child advocates calculate the toll serious alcohol problems are taking on their community.
- www.alcoholfreechildren.org – 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.
- www.alcoholjustice.org – Fights to protect the public from the impact of the alcohol industry’s negative practices. Monitors and exposes the alcohol industry’s harmful actions related to products, promotions and social influence, and supports communities in their efforts to reject these damaging activities.
- www.alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov – The Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) is an online resource that provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both State and Federal levels.
- www.cadca.org – 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.
- www.camy.org – Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth will help you learn more about industry marketing practices. Research, fact sheets and take action ideas.
- www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org – Center for Alcohol Policy explores, researches and expands education on alcohol regulations and the primary role states play. Hosts law symposium, essay contest, resources and news for policymakers, regulators and the public.
- www.dontserveteens.gov – A national campaign to prevent underage drinking. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, prepared and maintains this website.
- www.healthyalcoholmarket.com – Borne from Pam Erickson’s realization of alcohol industry deregulation dangers. A former state liquor control commissioner, Pam shares information for attorneys and the public - e-newsletter, presentations, education.
- www.IIAAonline.org – International Institute on Alcohol Awareness provided free daily media review of alcohol related news stories and focuses on strategies targeting “place” – that is, strategies designed to limit youth access to alcohol.
- www.samhsa.gov – 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.
- www.stopalcoholabuse.gov – A comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue.
- www.thecommunityguide.org – 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.
- www.udetc.org – Underage Drinking Enforcement and Training Center spotlights success stories, and provides helpful publications to download and great support tools for underage drinking coalitions.