Cobb County is home to a large number of non-profits that shape our culture and way of life. Non-profits provide helping services and some may even share our goal for preventing and reducing underage and youth binge drinking. Many are excellent at partnering and collaborating in order to fill identified community needs.
Making the Case: Non-profits
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. [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]
- Non-profits help shape our unique community culture and way of life. In addition to doing some excellent helping work, they can have a big effect on the attitudes and expectations of the general population in relation to youth and alcohol.
- Limiting youth access to alcohol is a key to the prevention of juvenile delinquency. Fifty percent of criminal cases (assault, traffic, theft, fraud, sex crime, etc.) in the juvenile justice system involve alcohol. [Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention] Private parties are the primary source by which youth obtain alcohol, frequently lacking adult supervision. [Public Health Report]
- Alcohol related incidents at sponsored events carry risks. Controlling alcohol at sponsored events reduces serious alcohol related problems. 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.
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.
- Underage drinking alone cost Georgians about $1.5 billion, annually. Non-profit businesses share in this cost directly through lost productivity and healthcare costs, and indirectly through government share of costs for enforcement, prosecution and incarceration. [Journal of Studies on Alcohol, and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget]
- 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]
- Non-profits help shape our unique community culture and way of life. In addition to doing some excellent helping work, non-profit groups can have a big effect on the attitudes and expectations of the general population in relation to youth and alcohol.
- Know your risk and liability if you choose to host a fundraising event to support your non-profit work that includes alcohol sales or service. Contact us to access research, information and workshops that can help groups reduce and mitigate risks associated with alcohol sales and service during fundraising events. Technical assistance from law enforcement partners is also available. Click here for alcohol risk management checklist.
- We suggest you check with your insurance agent about this and ask about a special rider policy.
- 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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- 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
- 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
- Why Do Adolescents Drink, What Are the Risks, and How Can Underage Drinking be Prevented?
- The Coalition Impact: Environmental Prevention Strategies
- Alcohol’s Damaging Effects on the Brain
- Answering the Critics of Age 21
- www.aa.org – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people that help each other solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism.
- www.al-anon.alateen.org – Al-anon offers strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers.
- 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.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.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.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.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.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.livedrugfree.org – Home of The Council on Alcohol and Drugs and portal to Georgia Underage Drinking Prevention Initiative.
- www.madd.org – 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.
- 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.