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U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking outlines six goals for the nation to reduce the number of underage drinkers and prevent children and adolescents from beginning to drink. Research-based healthcare practitioner interventions can change social conditions, help reduce unhealthy youth drinking, and positively impact a variety of related public health indicators.

 

Making the Case: Healthcare

Why partner to reduce underage and youth binge drinking?

  • U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking outlines six goals for the nation to reduce the number of underage drinkers and prevent children and adolescents from beginning to drink. [National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration]
  • Reduce injury and improve health outcomes for children and adolescents. 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. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
  • 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 binge drink at a friend’s house on the weekend more than other students in the state. [Georgia Student Health Survey]
  • Alcohol use undermines brain development. Alcohol affects the teen brain differently than it does the mature adult brain. The human brain goes through dynamic changes during adolescence, and alcohol can irreversibly damage long-term and short-term growth processes. [American Medical Association]

Read the full Case Statement for Healthcare.

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 healthcare practitioners care about this problem?
  • Reduce injury and improve health outcomes for children and adolescents.For American youth; 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.[Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]
  • Reduce healthcare costs. Up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States, except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients, are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption by youth and adults.[Drug Abuse Warning Networks, SAMHSA Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration]
How can healthcare professionals help reduce underage and youth binge drinking?
  • Be alert to signs of youth alcohol use during routine and emergency medical examinations.
  • Make screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) a standard operating practice/procedure.
  • Promote and distribute educational literature in public spaces.
  • Use knowledge and expertise about the dangers of alcohol to support community education and prevention programs.
  • Talk to parents and youth in your practice about the need to prevent underage and youth binge drinking.
  • Support the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.
What scientific research is available on alcohol’s impact on the developing adolescent brain?
  • There is A LOT. Check out this publication from NIAA National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a good place to start. And, check out our 12 page newspaper too.
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Healthcare Providers CAN

  • Be alert to signs of youth alcohol use, during routine and emergency medical examinations
  • Make screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) a standard operating practice/procedure
  • Promote and distribute educational literature in public spaces
  • Use knowledge and expertise about the dangers of alcohol to support community education and prevention programs
  • Talk to parents and youth in your practice about the need to prevent underage and youth binge drinking
  • Support the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking
  • Become a partner with Cobb Alcohol Taskforce (CobbAT)
  • Join the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce as a volunteer or friend and subscribe to monthly e-news
  • Promote Cobb Safe Neighborhoods Safe Homes Campaign

Resources

  • Alcohol’s Damaging Effect on the Brain
  • U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking
  • Why Do Adolescents Drink, What Are the Risks, and How Can Underage Drinking Be Prevented?
  • Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain
  • 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.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.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/preventionintervention – Cobb County Public Schools Prevention Intervention Center offers Alcohol and Other Drug use and Violence Prevention trainings to schools, PTAs, students, and community groups, as well as other intervention and support services.
  • www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov – Created by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
  • www.drugfree.org/join-together – The Partnership for a Drug-free America and Join Together, 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. E-newletter and action center.
  • 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.stopalcoholunder21.org – Stop Alcohol Under 21 is dedicated to helping parents and other Georgians reduce underage drinking of alcohol.
  • 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.thepowerofparents.org – 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.
  • www.timetotalk.org – 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.
  • www.toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov - Provides useful programs and strategies, downloadable materials, interactive games and exercises, and other resources for youth, families and educators.
    www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov - 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.