Examining resources to prevent underage drinking from a social ecological perspective
Adolescent and college underage drinking are significant public health problems both on their own and together. It is important for prevention professionals to understand and help prevent the development of alcohol misuse, both on different ecological levels and over time. Health education researchers at Texas A&M promoted a socio-ecological mindset in this review article. They discuss this framework using two free, publicly available prevention resources—the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s (NIAAA) CollegeAIM and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) “Talk. They Hear You.” campaigns, showing how these resources cover the risk-development period from adolescence to college. Readers interested in the perspectives behind these resources NIAAA and SAMHSA produce should read the article linked below and view the online resources. The article, “Resources to Reduce Underage Drinking Risks and Associated Harms: Social Ecological Perspectives,” was published recently in the Journal of Health Promotion Practice and cites both NIAAA and SAMHSA resources.