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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
January/February 2010, Volume 18, Number 1 

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How Does Turning 21 Affect Alcohol Use?

You may have seen stories in the media about people who try to consume 21 drinks on their 21st birthdays. But how much of an impact does turning 21 really have on a person’s drinking habits?

A new report from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) examines alcohol use before and after this landmark birthday.

Drinking Rates

Rates of past-month and binge alcohol use were higher among young adults who had recently turned 21 than among those who were still 20 years old.

Rates of past-month and binge alcohol use among 21-year-olds declined and then stabilized in the months following their 21st birthdays, but their rates still remained higher than those for 20-year-olds.

Among young adults approaching their 21st birthdays (i.e., people surveyed in the 30 days prior to their 21st birthdays), 86.1 percent had used alcohol in their lifetime, including 62.8 percent who had initiated use before their 18th birthdays.

For more information, download Alcohol Use Before and After the 21st Birthday from SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies Web site.


  Cover Story & Related Articles  

Parity: Landmark Legislation Takes Effect




  Suicide Prevention   
Grantee Highlights

Grantee Highlights

Read about activities at Tufts University and Penn State Altoona.


  A Visit to SAMHSA  

  Underage Drinking  
Game Helps Parents & Children Talk about Alcohol

Game Helps Parents & Children Talk about Alcohol

An interactive way for families to discuss the dangers of underage drinking.

State Prevention Videos

State Prevention Videos

Videos describe unique challenges and successes.


  This Emotional Life  
PBS Documentary Launches Campaign of Hope

PBS Documentary Launches Campaign of Hope

Web site includes toolkits for parents and military families.


  Teens & Young Adults  
Violent Behaviors among Teen Girls

Violent Behaviors & Teen Girls

You may think only boys get into fights. Think again . . .

Drinking after 21st Birthday

Drinking after 21st Birthday

Does turning 21 affect the amount of alcohol young people drink?


  Treatment Roundup   
Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Characteristics of alcohol and drug abuse treatment services.

Providing E-Therapy

Providing E-Therapy

Considerations for providers incorporating technology into treatment!

Heroin Admissions

Heroin Admissions

Find out about adolescents who received treatment for heroin use.



  Recovery Month  
Now More Than Ever

Now More Than Ever

Updated Recovery Month Web site includes new theme, Web banners, and a blog.



  In Memoriam  
Remembering Judi Chamberlin

Remembering Judi Chamberlin

SAMHSA honors a courageous advocate for the fundamental rights and dignity of people with mental illnesses.



  Also in This Issue  
National Registry Offers New Feature

National Registry Search

Evidence-based programs and comparative effectiveness.

Older Adults & Illicit Drug Use

Older Adults & Illicit Drug Use

More people over age 50 are using illicit drugs.

Science and Service Awards

Science and Service Awards

Call for applications due April 9.

Community Prevention Day

Community Prevention Day

Prevention professionals gathered for the annual event.




  


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