The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4096.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 12:48 PM

Abstract #47199

Controlling access to alcohol among youth and intoxicated patrons

Traci L. Toomey, PhD, Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 1300 South Second St., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454-1015, 612-626-9070,

Alcohol is related to many different public health problems. One strategy for reducing these problems is to restrict the availability of alcohol throughout our communities. A significant amount of research has focused on policies that restrict two groups’ access to alcohol – underage youth and individuals who are already intoxicated. For youth, policies have been used to control access to alcohol from both commercial (e.g., bars, restaurants, liquor stores) and social (e.g., friends, parents) sources. For intoxicated individuals, many of the policies focus specifically on access at commercial establishments. This presentation will provide an overview of: (1) trends in rates of access for both underage and intoxicated individuals, (2) recommended policies to reduce access, (3) research evidence for these policies, and (4) challenges for selecting and implementing policies.

Learning Objectives: Following this presentation, audience members will be able to

Keywords: Alcohol, Access

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Reducing Alcohol-Related Harm through Evidence-Based Policies

The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA