Evidence Based Practices: Underage Drinking

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Evidence Based Prevention/Strategies/Programs Additional Resources

AlcoholEdu® for High School
For the first time, high school administrators and teachers can prevent underage drinking with an evidence-based online prevention program.

Youth Leadership Institute
Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA) is a community-organizing program designed to reduce teens’ (13 to 20 years of age) access to alcohol by changing community policies and practices. CMCA seeks both to limit youths’ access to alcohol and to communicate a clear message to the community that underage drinking is inappropriate and unacceptable. It employs a range of social-organizing techniques to address legal, institutional, social, and health issues related to underage drinking. The goals of these organizing efforts are to eliminate illegal alcohol sales to minors, obstruct the provision of alcohol to youth, and ultimately reduce alcohol use by teens. The program involves community members in seeking and achieving changes in local public policies and the practices of community institutions that can affect youths’ access to alcohol.

Botvin LifeSkills Training
Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. This comprehensive and exciting program provides adolescents and young teens with the confidence and skills necessary to successfully handle challenging situations.

Projectland’s Class Action (for High School)
This high-school component of Project Northland looks at the real-world social and legal consequences of underage alcohol use. Based on the social influences theory of behavior change, the goal of Class Action is to change the social norms around alcohol use and to change negative peer pressure into positive peer pressure. In eight to ten weekly sessions, teens are divided into six legal teams to prepare and present hypothetical civil cases in which someone has been harmed as a result of underage drinking. The six cases are Drinking and Driving on Trial, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome on Trial, Drinking and Violence on Trial, Date Rape on Trial, Drinking and Vandalism on Trial, and School Alcohol Policies on Trial.