At OJJDP's National EUDL Leadership Conference, which took place on August 1012, 2011, the Office launched a new publication series, Underage Drinking, to educate practitioners and policymakers about the problems youth face when they abuse alcohol and to provide evidence-based guidelines for addressing the issue. The first bulletin in the series, Reducing Drinking Among Underage Air Force Members in Five Communities, presents findings from an evaluation of OJJDP's EUDL demonstration program in five communities that partnered with local Air Force bases. The study discussed in this bulletin compared the rates of problem drinking in each of the EUDL communities to five control communities and the Air Force's program, Culture of Responsible Choices. Following are some of the study's key findings:
To order a printed copy of Reducing Drinking Among Underage Air Force Members in Five Communities, see the New Publications section in this issue.
Topics to be covered in subsequent bulletins include the effects and consequences of underage drinking, best practices for community supervision of underage drinkers, legal issues surrounding underage drinking, and practice guidelines for working with underage drinkers. It is hoped that the information provided in these publications will support communities in their efforts to reduce access to and consumption of alcohol by minors through the use of evidence-based strategies and practices.
For more information on OJJDP's EUDL program, read the Office's In Focus fact sheet, Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program, and visit the OJJDP and Underage Drinking Enforcement Training Center Web sites.