April Focus: Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol Awareness Month, sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) since 1987, encourages local communities to focus on alcoholism and alcohol-related issues. Alcohol Awareness Month began as a way of reaching the American public with information about the disease of alcoholism – that it is a treatable disease, not a moral weakness, and that alcoholics are capable of recovery.

The 2007 theme is Keep Our Future Growing: End Underage Drinking.

Below is a selection of the resources available from the PIC and on the Web that address this topic. Please feel free to contact the PIC for further information on these or other items available for loan through the library.

Are we having fun yet?ON THE WEB:
Al-anon and Alateen
Alcohol and Youth (Medline Plus) Click here for Spanish version.
College Drinking: Changing the Culture (NIAAA)
Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free
Library Resource Guide : Alcohol (Prevention Information Center)
MADD Online: Underage Drinking Research

NIAAA’s Initiative on Underage Drinking
Underage Drinking Prevention Resources (Southwest CAPT)

Click here to search the library catalog for books on underage drinking. (48 items)

Click here to search the catalog for PIC Activity Center materials. (10 items)

Click here to browse videos on underage and binge drinking. (106 titles)

Click here to browse the library catalog for visual aids. (9 items)

FREE from the PIC Clearinghouse
Colorado residents can order free materials concerned with alcohol from the online PIC Clearinghouse store by clicking on the April Focus category.

Free from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
Order Alcohol Awareness Month Resources

April 2007 Agency Highlights

The following ADAD funded programs are a small sampling of activities by Colorado agencies working to prevent underage drinking:

Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol
CMCA’s Coalition disseminates information about underage drinking across communities, and then takes action on goals such as: reducing the number and proportion of alcohol outlets selling to underage individuals; decreasing youth and adult tolerance of underage purchase and consumption of alcohol; decreasing prevalence, quantity, and frequency of alcohol consumption among older youths; and decreasing the incidence of alcohol-related health and social problems.
Contact: Shelly Evans, CHIColorado@aol.com

Reconnecting Youth
The Eagle River Youth Coalitiion (ERYC) and Eagle County School Districts (ECSD) is implementing evidence-based, school-based substace abuse prevention programming to high school youth in order to compliment other work being done in the community to address underage alcohol use and driving.
Contact: Cristina Gair, eryc@centurytel.net

Statewide Coalition of Campus Prevention Professionals
This BACCHUS Network program provides training and technical assistance to build greater infrastructure to connect Colorado campuses, assist campus professionals in promoting safe campus environments, increase healthy student lifestyles, and reduce the harm associated with illegal use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs.
Contact: Andrea Zelinko, andrea@bacchusnetwork.org

Alcohol and Tobacco

Source: NIAAA Alcohol Alerts, No.71, January 2007
Alcohol and tobacco are among the top causes of preventable deaths in the United States . Moreover, these substances often are used together: Studies have found that people who smoke are much more likely to drink, and people who drink are much more likely to smoke. Dependence on alcohol and tobacco also is correlated: People who are dependent on alcohol are three times more likely then those in the general population to be smokers, and people who are dependent on tobacco are four times more likely than the general population to be dependent on alcohol…
The link between alcohol and tobacco has important implications for those in the alcohol treatment field.

NIDA Library Shuts Down

A sad story during National Library Week:

Source: JoinTogether.org News Summary, 4/4/2007
The National Institute on Drug Abuse <http://www.nida.nih.gov/&gt; (NIDA) library, which contained up to 12,000 journal volumes and 8,000 books, has been shut down due to budget cuts, SALIS News reported in its Winter 2007 issue.

The library primarily served NIDA’s 400-person staff but also archived many historic documents, including every research article published by program staff since the original Addiction Research Center (ARC) was founded in Lexington, Ky., in 1935, and the minutes of every Committee on Problems of Drug Dependence meeting held since 1929.

ATOD Overviews from CESAR Fax

The Center for Substance Abuse Research publication CESAR Fax is a weekly, one-page overview of timely substance abuse trends or issues. Click here to sign up and receive CESAR Fax. Below are a few of the recent postings:

  • Number of U.S. Emergency Department Visits Involving Nonmedical Use of Pharmaceuticals Increases from 2004 to 2005 April 9, 2007 16(14).
  • Marijuana Distribution Relies Primarily on Generosity of Friends and FamilyMarch 19, 2007 16(11).
  • National Treatment Admissions for Primary Abuse of Heroin Decrease; Other Opiates and Methamphetamine Continue to IncreaseMarch 5, 2007 16(9).
  • FY2008 Federal Drug Control Budget Released; Prevention Gets Smallest Percentage in Past DecadeFebruary 26, 2007 16(8).

Rittter Names New Members to State Board of Health

Source: News Release Office of Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr., 4/12/2007
Gov. Bill Ritter has named three new members to the Colorado State Board of Health, including representatives from La Plata, Moffat and Pueblo counties. The nominees to the board are:

  • Dr. Larry W. Kipe of Craig, to serve as a statewide at-large representative on the board.
  • Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods of Pueblo, to serve as a statewide at-large representative on the board.
  • Joelle Riddle of Durango, to serve as the 3rd Congressional District and county commissioner representative to the board.

Bill Calls for Name Changes at NIDA, NIAAA

Source: JoinTogether Online, News Summary, 4/10/2007
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) would become the National Institute on Diseases of Addiction, and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) would be renamed the National Institute on Alcohol Disorders and Health under legislation introduced into Congress by Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.).

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America reported April 5 that Biden’s bill, S-1011, is intended to reduce the stigma associated with addiction by removing the “abuse” monikers from the two agencies.

“Addiction is a neurobiological disease — not a lifestyle choice — and it’s about time we start treating it as such,” said Biden. “We must lead by example and change the names of our federal research institutes to accurately reflect this reality. By changing the way we talk about addiction, we change the way people think about addiction, both of which are critical steps in getting past the social stigma too often associated with the disease.”