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The Latest about Alcohol


Flavored Alcoholic Beverages Increase Underage Drinking

A new study examined the associations between drinking flavored alcoholic beverages and risky drinking behaviors among underage drinkers. A survey of adolescents and young adults ages 13–20 shows that underage drinkers who reported exclusive consumption of flavored alcoholic beverages drank more often and were more likely to drink heavily than underage drinkers who did...

Sipping Alcohol by Sixth Grade Increases Risk of High School Use

A new study on early use of alcohol found that early sipping of alcohol by young students is associated with risky alcohol behaviors when they enter high school. In addition, offering young people just a sip of alcohol may undermine prevention messages about alcohol for youth. The web-based study looked at alcohol use by...

Intervening During Middle School Reduces Young Adult Problem Drinking

A study of alcohol preventive interventions implemented during early adolescence found that such programs can potentially lower rates of alcohol use and related problems into young adulthood. In this study, the participants were ages 10–14. One group of participants engaged in the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth, which focused on reducing youth...

Brief Motivational Intervention Reduces Alcohol Use by College Freshmen

Heavy drinking among first-year college students can lead to range of problems including illness, high-risk behaviors, arrests, and mortality. This new study compared the effectiveness of a brief motivational intervention (MI) between two groups of freshman college students. The first group of heavy-drinking students was required to participate in the MI, while the second...

Using Computer Technology To Reduce and Prevent College Drinking

A new book chapter, “The Use of Computer Technology To Reduce and Prevent College Drinking,” highlights the success of an online program provided to all college students at the University of Tennessee. The program assessed students’ alcohol use and offered a brief intervention to students at highest risk for unsafe alcohol behaviors or increased...

Limited Law Enforcement Efforts Target Adults Providing Alcohol to Youth

The study “Targeting Adults Who Provide Alcohol to Underage Youth: Results from a National Survey of Local Law Enforcement Agencies” looked at efforts by local law enforcement agencies to focus on adults who provide alcohol to underage youth. Adults over age 21, such as older friends, strangers, parents, and siblings, are a major source...

DID YOU KNOW? The L.A. County Public Health Department rated Santa Monica in the ‘High’ quartile for its rates of alcohol-related violent crime.