Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks.
According to the 2016 Illinois Youth Survey, in the past 30 days 25% of Illinois 10th graders and 41% of Illinois 12th graders used alcohol.
The consequences of underage drinking can affect everyone. We all feel the effects of the aggressive behavior, property damage, injuries, violence, and deaths that can result from underage drinking. This is not simply a problem for some families, or youth, it is a concern for communities throughout Illinois.
Whether young people drink and how much young people drink depends to a large extent on community norms and expectations about drinking. These norms and expectations emerge from and reflect the community alcohol landscape.
Often, communities take their alcohol landscape as a given and consider it unchangeable. But communities can create, change, or strengthen their own alcohol landscape by developing local alcohol policies to reduce underage drinking. Local governments can impact underage drinking and protect a community’s general health, safety, and welfare.
The Prevention First Alcohol Policy Resource Center (APRC) is a new initiative in the state of Illinois and is funded by the Department of Human Services. The APRC will provide trainings, resources, tools, and technical assistance on evidence-based alcohol policy strategies to municipalities, local officials, law enforcement, and community coalitions throughout Illinois. The APRC will assist communities as they begin to identify their alcohol landscape and look at policy strategy options available to reduce underage drinking.
We appreciate your time and feedback as we collaborate with communities to address underage drinking throughout Illinois. Your feedback is important to the Alcohol Policy Resource Center as we identify training and technical assistance needs related to alcohol policy. This survey will help inform and identify content that will be added to the APRC website as well as content for trainings and resources available through the APRC.
This survey should be completed by individuals who perform services for a city or town and hold a municipal position, whether paid or unpaid, including full and part-time employees, elected officials, and volunteers.
The estimated time to complete this survey is 8 minutes.
Again, thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. We hope you will visit the Alcohol Policy Resource Center at www.prevention.org.
Please stop by the APRC exhibitor’s booth at the Township Officials of Illinois conference in November! We are committed to helping communities reduce underage drinking.
Resources: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Illinois Youth Survey, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs