Reducing Underage Drinking: A Collective Responsibility

Report fromThe National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 2003

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released Reducing Underage Drinking - A Collective Responsibility, a comprehensive review of existing alcohol prevention efforts. The report exposes underage drinking, analyzes the most recent data on underage drinking and addresses the best strategies for preventing youth from using and abusing alcohol.

The report states underage drinking cannot be successfully addressed by focusing on youth alone. Efforts to reduce and prevent underage drinking need to focus on parents and other adults. The NAS recommends multiple components be implemented that include science-based programs, research and evaluation, community organizing, coalition building and strategic use of mass media. This report also refers to the Maine Parent Media Campaign, “Your Teen and Alcohol…Do Your Really Know?”.

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