Which group does your child fit?
Preventing underage drinking through environmental changes begins by assessing factors in the communities that manifest the problem and influence decisions about drinking. We must consider using environmental strategies that target changing conditions in our communities that condone youth alcohol and substance abuse. When applied correctly, these strategies can change the environment which brings about changes in attitudes, social norms and alcohol use behavior.
Examples of Environmental Strategies:
- Create clear, consistent “no-use” messages throughout the community.
- Limit the access of alcohol to the youth.
- Partner with local and state key stakeholders to address underage drinking prevention.
- Enforce existing laws and policies that relate to underage access to alcohol. Create and enforce restrictions on industry media and marketing of alcohol related materials that target the youth.
- Limit the type and amount of pro-drinking messages and events in the community.
- Reduce alcohol use at community at community events where youth are in attendance.
- Limit and reduce events that are sponsored by the alcohol industry.
- Ensure that all eligible community members are registered to vote.
Decreasing trends will happen with increased education and awareness to our communities about underage alcohol use.
National Clearing House on Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)http://ncadi.samhsa.gov
National Institute of Health
National institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) http://www.niaaa.nih.gov