National

 

  • National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Report—Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility. In 2003, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) issued a report to Congress entitled, Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility. The report, which was officially published the following year, presents a through review of the underage drinking issue and suggests a comprehensive package of recommendations to address the problem. The NAS report is structured in a way to easily facilitate the implementation of changes to policies, practices, and conditions that contribute to the problem of underage drinking.

  • Order a summary (Face, 2003) of the Institute of Medicine’s seminal report on the problem of underage drinking and recommended environmental management strategies to reduce alcohol use by minors.



  • The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking: On March 6, 2007 Acting U.S. Surgeon General Kenneth P. Moritsugu issued the Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking, appealing to the Nation to do more to stop America’s 11 million current underage drinkers from using alcohol, and to keep other young people from starting.
  •  

    Developed in collaboration with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Call to Action identifies six goals:

     

    • Foster changes in society that facilitate healthy adolescent development and that help prevent and reduce underage drinking.
    • Engage parents, schools, communities, all levels of government, all social systems that interface with youth, and youth themselves in a coordinated national effort to prevent and reduce underage drinking and its consequences.
    • Promote an understanding of underage alcohol consumption in the context of human development and maturation that takes into account individual adolescent characteristics as well as environmental, ethnic, cultural, and gender differences.
    • Conduct additional research on adolescent alcohol use and its relationship to development.
    • Work to improve public health surveillance on underage drinking and on population-based risk factors for this behavior.
    • Work to ensure that policies at all levels are consistent with the national goal of preventing and reducing underage alcohol consumption.

     

    "Alcohol remains the most heavily abused substance by America's youth," said Dr. Moritsugu. "This Call to Action is attempting to change the culture and attitudes toward drinking in America. We can no longer ignore what alcohol is doing to our children."

     


  • Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center (www.udetc.org): The Center was established by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to support its Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Program. Its mission is to provide science-based, practical, and effective training and technical assistance to States and communities working to combat underage drinking through law enforcement and environmental management strategies.

  • StopAlcoholAbuse.gov is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue. People interested in underage drinking prevention—including parents, educators, community-based organizations, and youth—will find a wealth of valuable information here.(www.stopalcoholabuse.gov)