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Let’s Come Together To Address Childhood Drinking in America!


One community, one state at a time, let’s unite and address this public health issue head on!  Community-based process is a prevention strategy promoted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention for a reason:  It has proven to be an effective way to comprehensively reach the “masses” with information, early intervention for alcohol and other drug use. 

In this section, you will find information on strategies that work and that are promoted by SAMHSA:

  • Early Intervention, Treatment, and Continuing Care – Recognizing the early warning signs of excessive alcohol use, misuse and abuse and getting individuals into treatment
  • Effective Parenting – Reducing childhood trauma, exposure to alcohol, and Improving parenting skills
  • Health Promotion – Educating children and adults about the devasting consequences of early and excessive alcohol use
  • Messages and Marketing – Changing attitudes and norms about alcohol use; influencing the acceptability of early and excessive alcohol use
  • Policies and Enforcement – Reducing the availability, affordability, accessibility of alcohol
  • Positive Youth Development – Providing safe alternatives for fun in the community; and increasing opportunities to build essential life skills
  • Reducing Availability At POP – Working with business, servers, retailers to prevent the purchase of alcohol products by youth