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Alcohol Prevention


Wyoming Alcohol Quick Facts


55 percent of adults and 34 percent of high school students had at least one drink of alcohol within the past 30 days

17 percent of adults and 21 percent of high school students engaged in binge drinking (5 or more drinks on one occasion for males, and 4 or more drinks on one occasion for females) within the past 30 days

22 percent of youth had their first drink of alcohol (other than a few sips) before age 13

4 percent of adults engaged in heavy drinking (10 or more drinks) within the past 30 days 

Sources: BRFSS 2012 and YRBS 2013 


Standard Practices and Beliefs Related to Alcohol Misuse and Abuse

Prevention is a Continuum – Prevention extends from deterring diseases and behaviors that contribute to them to slowing the onset and severity of illnesses when they do arise.

The Mechanisms of Prevention – The mechanisms of prevention are similar whether the target is on changing social, environmental or biological factors for many diseases.

Successful Prevention Decreases Risk Factors and Enhances Protective Factors –
The same risk factors affect many health issues, including depression, substance use, heart disease and diabetes. Other factors can protect against these health problems. The goal is to reduce risk factors and enhance protective factors that can compromise health.

Prevention Requires Adoption of Known Effective Prevention Practices Within a Framework That Works –
Research and experience have produced highly effective prevention programs to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors.

Systems of Prevention Services Work Better Than Service Silos – The best prevention results from partnerships. Without collaboration, even the best prevention efforts will not leverage collective resources and can miss achieving their potential.

Common Data Sets Across Service Systems Can Help Asses Prevention Efficacy and Promote Accountability – Solid evaluation can help assess programs effectiveness and the value of engagement across service systems.

Comprehensively Address Substance Abuse - Effective substance abuse prevention utilizes multiple strategies across multiple sectors with both public and private sector resources.

Wyoming Implements SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework to:

-- Prevents onset and reduce progression of substance abuse;
-- Reduces substance abuse problems in communities;
-- Builds state and community prevention capacity and infrastructure;
-- Encourages and require the use of Epidemiological Workgroups at the state and community level; and
-- Places an emphasis on underage drinking

Click here for a copy of the Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Substance Abuse Prevention - Executive Summary (PDF, 137k).

Click here for the Appendices for the Comprehensive Needs Assessment for Substance Abuse Prevention (PDF, 1mb).


Underage Drinking Resources

Wyoming Underage Drinking Campaign: "Talk early and often"

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): "Talk, they hear you" campaign

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD)

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)


Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws

EUDL Compliance Check Manual