Alcohol Use and Abuse
Countywide Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking (CIRUD)
The Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) convened the first meeting of its Countywide Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking (CIRUD) in August 2006, bringing together school-community coalitions, community organizations, and county agencies to address the epidemic of underage drinking. Today approximately 50 organizations support the UPC and its Countywide Initiative.
Don't Drink and Drive
SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS AND DIRECTED PATROLS
Fairfax County Police schedule Sobriety Checkpoints for every week of the year and in addition also send out Directed Patrols to targeted areas of the county.
Fairfax County Police Department officers routinely patrol roadways for drunk and impaired drivers. Sobriety checkpoints are one of the tools that police use to keep drivers who have consumed alcohol off the roads. Along with publicity and awareness, checkpoints have proven to be highly effective in the fight against drunk driving. Each week, hundreds of motorists pass through checkpoints and many are screened for alcohol use.
This information is from James Fell, Research Scientist, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
THE PARTY’S OVER
For more information, call the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County at 703-938-8723 or visit www.unifiedpreventioncoalition.org
Funds for the printing of this ad and for showing in local movie theaters comes from a Virginia SPF-SIG grant award to the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC). The design of the ads was provided at no cost to UPC by Focused Image of Fairfax City, Virginia.
What’s the biggest risk factor for underage drinking?
By Dr. Claire McCarthy | Globe Correspondent | January 14, 2013
Adapted from the MD Mama blog on Boston.com.
Do you know what the biggest risk factor for underage drinking is?
It’s having a best friend who drinks.
I read an interesting article in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about ways to predict when adolescents will have their first drink of alcohol. Read full article
Tis the Season To Talk With Your Teens
About Drinking And Drugs
It's the holiday season when family and friends gather to celebrate together. It's also a time when many teens find the opportunity and access to experiment and use alcohol and other drugs. Many teens report that they obtain the alcohol they drink from their parents, friends' parents, siblings, or older friends, with or without permission.
NIAA College Fact Sheet: Underage College Drinking: A Significant Public Health Problem
According to a 4-page College Drinking fact sheet (April 2012) published by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), abusive and underage college drinking is a significant public health problem, and such drinking exacts an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives of college students across the United States. The fact sheet summarizes recent statistics on the consequences of drinking among college students and recommendations for addressing college drinking.
Countywide Survey Shows High Levels of Alcohol Consumption Among McLean Area Students
Parents Hear Results of Youth Survey
By Regina Garcia Cano, McLean Patch
Some of the 100 parents who gathered recently were surprised at the results of the annual countywide survey of alcohol abuse among students attending McLean area middle and high schools:
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28th Annual Summer YADAPP Conference
Become part of the Unified Prevention Coalition's Youth Council to represent your high school as well as Fairfax County! Come join UPC's meetings, events, & YADAPP Conference to earn community service hours and to give the youth a voice!