260783 2012 Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking: Implications for Public Health

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 1:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Stephen Wing, MSW , Associate Administrator of Alcohol Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD
James F. Mosher, JD , CDM Group, Felton, CA
Congress enacted the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (the STOP Act) in 2006. It requires the Federal Government to conduct an annual report on, among other topics, underage-drinking-prevention policies, enforcement practices, and programs in the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The 2012 STOP Act Report is scheduled to be released in 2012. It will include summaries of 23 state policies and, for the first time, the results of a detailed survey answered by every State. The survey covers three key topics: (1) enforcement practices, including retailer compliance with laws prohibiting alcohol service to minors and sanctions imposed for violations; (2) underage drinking prevention programs, including data on State best-practice standards, State interagency collaborations, and the number of people served by these programs; and (3) estimates of the State funds invested in underage drinking enforcement and prevention programs. The status of State underage drinking policies and the data reported by the States in the survey have important implications for efforts to reduce underage drinking. This presentation will describe and analyze the state policies and survey results, both on a State-by-State level and on a collective level to identify national trends in prevention policy, programs and enforcement. The presentation will also analyze the extent to which States have adopted best practices that have been identified by various Federal sources.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe and discuss 2011 survey results on State efforts to reduce underage drinking; identify national trends in underage drinking policies, enforcement and prevention activities; compare Federally-identified best practices for underage drinking prevention with the States’ underage drinking prevention activities.

Keywords: Alcohol Problems, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Associate Administrator for Alcohol Policy at SAMHSA. In this capacity, I coordinated and oversaw the production of the 2012 Report to Congress on Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Prevention of Underage Drinking.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.