Holder, Harold D.
December 2004
Alcohol Research & Health;2004/2005, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p245
Academic Journal
This article briefly summarizes three evidence-based community intervention trials sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Designed to reduce alcohol use among youth and young adults, these trials demonstrate the potency of community interventions that can influence the price, availability, drinking context, and perceived risks of heavy drinking among young people. The effectiveness of comprehensive, researchbased local prevention efforts is confirmed by research examining other programs to reduce alcohol sales to youth as well as the harm caused by alcohol use among youth and young adults, including alcoholrelated traffic accidents and assaults. By restructuring the total alcohol environment in a way that can be selfsustaining, these interventions are more likely to be effective than onetime interventions.


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