University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Community Coalitions webinar on underage drinking set for Sept. 18

You are invited to join the UND Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee for a webinar," Community Coalitions Working Collaboratively Across Secondary and Postsecondary Education to Address Underage Drinking" on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union River Valley Room.

Alcohol use by persons under age 21 years is a major public health problem. Alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States, more than tobacco and illicit drugs, and is responsible for more than 4,700 annual deaths among underage youth. People aged 12 to 20 drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the United States. More than 90 percent of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinking episodes. On average, underage drinkers consume more drinks per drinking occasion than adult drinkers. In 2010, there were approximately 189,000 emergency rooms visits by persons under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol use.

Prevention research strongly supports the use of comprehensive, integrated programs with multiple complementary components. Such evidence-based prevention strategies geared to secondary and post-secondary students require collaborative efforts between organizational leaders at high schools and colleges, and key community members. Similarly, the transition from high school to college presents new opportunities and new problems for young adults. These transitional issues point to the need for high schools and colleges to work together with community members to assist young adults in making appropriate choices.

Presenters are Traci Toomey, Alcohol Epidemiology Project, University of Minnesota; Nicole Holt, Executive Director, Texans Standing Tall; Kerri Calvert, Bloomington Normal Community Campus Committee.

-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotions Advisor