It’s no secret that risky drinking, or drinking alcohol at levels that put a person at risk of health problems, is prevalent among students at colleges and universities. To get the perspective of addiction experts on this topic, we spoke with Clayton Neighbors, PhD, Professor, Director of Social Psychology and Director of the Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab at the University of Houston and CASAColumbia’s President & CEO, Samuel Ball, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, to ask them questions about risky drinking at college.
TEENS AND FAMILIES
It’s that time of year when teens across the country are beginning a new chapter in their lives – leaving their parents’ homes to attend – or in many cases – return to college. This back to college season is an important transition in their lives, where young adults are faced with new and exciting challenges, along with some tough decisions and potentially risky situations.
For the last 15 years, the CASAColumbia’s Family Day program has helped parents across the nation recognize that simple acts of parental engagement can help prevent substance use in children and teens. This year, Family Day is being recognized on Monday, September 28th, and there are several ways to get involved.
References to smoking, drinking and drug use in movies and music have a significant influence on teens’ decisions to start using these substances. Exposure to this content makes teens more likely to use, and to use more. In a 2012 report, the Surgeon General concluded that “there is a causal relationship between depictions of smoking in the movies and the initiation of smoking among young people.” And yet, movie companies continue to depict smoking in G, PG and PG-13 films.
In January, Anheuser-Busch, makers of the popular beer Bud Light, debuted an app for mobile devices called Bud Light Button, which promises delivery of Bud Light to your home in under an hour if you live in Washington D.C. The app is also linked to the company’s national “Up for Whatever” campaign, a sweepstakes with a range of prizes like a DJ and sound system delivered with your beer.
Over a quarter of underage youth in New York City have consumed alcohol in the past month, and while their most common method of obtaining alcohol is getting it from other people, the second most common is purchasing it themselves. In an effort to combat this problem, the New York City Department of Health (DOH) launched an initiative through the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to conduct an undercover investigation of New York City stores.
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