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Effects of Underage Drinking

Mar 4, 2013

This bulletin presents findings from a literature review that investigated how underage drinking can affect a youth’s physical, emotional and neurological health. In it, the authors discuss the legal, neurological, economic and personal consequences youth can face when they make the decision to begin drinking.

The authors highlight the following points:

  • The human brain continues to develop until a person is around age 25. Underage drinking may impair this neurological development, causing youth to make irresponsible decisions, encounter memory lapses, or process and send neural impulses more slowly.
  • Underage drinking cost society $68 billion in 2007, or $1 for every drink consumed. This includes medical bills, income loss, and costs from pain and suffering.
  • In 2009, 19 percent of drivers ages 16-20 who were involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal adult limit (0.08).
  • Alcohol use encourages risky sexual behavior. Youth who drink may be more likely to have sex, become pregnant or contract sexually transmitted diseases.

Continue reading at: http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/237145.pdf

Prevent Teen Alcohol Brain Damage

Mar 1, 2013

New research, using MRIs and SPECT scans (single-photon emission computed tomography) shows that alcohol can have long-term negative effects on teen brain development, including poor judgment, early addiction and fragile white-matter formation. Learn more from fascinating interviews with doctors involved in teen brain research in this updated video version of the Strengthening Families Program Home-Use DVD.*

In this Lesson 8 of the 10-part video series, you’ll also learn the three simple skills parents need to prevent teen use, including Bonding, setting Boundaries and Monitoring to be sure teens stay in an alcohol- and drug-free social environment.

Click here to access the downloadable handouts that go with the lesson eight.

LESSON EIGHT

A Note on Strengthening Families:

*The Strengthening Families Program (SFP), which are normally group classes that parents and youth attend together, was created in 1982 with funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse. It has been proven effective in several randomized control studies to improve communication, problem solving and family unity, and decrease family conflict and teen alcohol and drug use. Classes are taught in 50 states and 17 foreign countries. The Utah chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving partnered with the program creator to put those same research-proven SFP skills in an inexpensive entertaining DVD format for parents and children to watch together at home. ParentsEmpowered requested that Lesson 8 be made available to everyone via the Internet to help prevent underage drinking.

Parents Empowered Month

Jan 9, 2013

State officials are taking a strong, unified stance against underage drinking and in support of the ParentsEmpowered campaign. To demonstrate this support, Governor Herbert and state leadership have declared January as ParentsEmpowered Month—a month to set clear rules and expectations about NO underage drinking. “The Parents Empowered campaign brings awareness to the problem of underage drinking, but ultimately it is the parents who must take the lead to keep alcohol away from their children,” Governor Gary R. Herbert said. “Each and every one of us play a vital role in reducing underage drinking. And this effort begins in the home.” 

OFFICIAL DECLARATION

Whereas, the ParentsEmpowered Workgroup has designated January as ParentsEmpowered Month—a month to set clear rules and expectations about NO underage drinking;
Whereas, the teen brain goes through dynamic changes during adolescence and alcohol can seriously damage long- and short-term growth processes;
Whereas, findings from Utah’s Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) survey show a slight increase in binge drinking across all grade measures;
Whereas, 60 percent of kids get their alcohol from home without any parental permission;
Whereas, 40 percent of kids get their alcohol from home with parental permission;
Whereas, even a small amount of perceived parental acceptability can lead to underage drinking;
Whereas, Utahns are encouraged to set clear rules and expectations to keep alcohol away from Utah’s young children;
Now, therefore, I, Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the state of Utah, do hereby declare January 2013 as

PARENTSEMPOWERED MONTH

National Award for Prevention

Oct 1, 2012

NASADAD

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc.

2012 National Exemplary Awards – For Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies

WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 25, 2012) – The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) announces Parents Empowered of Utah, as a recipient of the 2012 National Exemplary Awards for Innovative Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Practices and Policies. For more than 20 years, the awards, supported by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), have recognized creative and effective local programs working with the community to prevent substance abuse.

ParentsEmpowered is a statewide, state-sponsored educational and community mobilization campaign to prevent underage drinking. Launched in September 2006, the campaign uses electronic media and other means of mass communication to provide parents with the knowledge and skills to actively keep their children alcohol-free. ParentsEmpowered encourages parents to be involved in their children’s lives and to set clear rules about not tolerating underage drinking, a strategy to increase protective factors, which research indicates are linked to preventing youth alcohol use. Parents Empowered is a collaborative effort between state agencies, private companies and local community coalitions and is funded through the state’s liquor revenue proceeds.

An evaluation conducted in 2011 indicated that the ParentsEmpowered program was able to see measurable decreases were found in youth binge drinking rates, 30-day use rates, and lifetime use rates among eighth-12th- graders. In June 2011, results from the Utah Underage Drinking Campaign Survey indicated that adults also reported changes in beliefs and behaviors of the harmful effects of underage drinking. Since 2010, the percentage of parents who feel they need to talk with their children about underage drinking once a month or more increased 8 points, from 61 to 69 percent. Furthermore, parents who, within the past three months, reviewed with their children rules about underage drinking increased from 52 to 61 percent over the past year.

ParentsEmpowered is one of only two programs nationwide selected to receive an Exemplary Award this year. Award-winning programs showcased their work at the 25th Annual National Prevention Network Research Conference held September 19–21, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Inc.

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