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The research and resources found on this site were produced within the past 5 years by the 15 federal agencies that are members of the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD). Use the filters on the left to find current information on the complex causes and consequences of underage drinking as well as effective prevention, intervention, and treatment approaches. You also may search by audience to find out more about the role of different groups in protecting young people from early alcohol use and promoting their overall health and well-being.

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Calculating alcohol use and its harms in a local community

Understanding the amount of alcohol use and its consequences in a local community is important to inform effective prevention work; but alcohol use and its consequences can be challenging to measure. In this paper, researchers describe a method to estimate the death, disability, and costs to the community from alcohol use at a certain time and place. The authors explain how to combine data sources, including medical records, police reports, and others to calculate this information.

The paper, “The Health Impact of Alcohol on American Cities: Modeling the Local Burden of Current Alcohol Use in One Jurisdiction,” was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It was published in the Journal of Urban Health.

How COVID-19 affects people using substances

The COVID-19 pandemic presents unique challenges for persons facing substance misuse. In an editorial article, Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, discusses three unique issues facing this group. First, COVID-19 is complicated by respiratory issues or other medical problems, and substances like marijuana or cigarettes affect respiratory health. Second, people with substance use disorders may face difficulty when seeking treatment from a system that is designed to be in-person or may be overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases. Third, people in recovery may struggle as social distancing separates them from social supports that were previously in-person.

The article, “Collision of the COVID-19 and Addiction Epidemics,” was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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