SAMHSA provides funding for community initiatives under the STOP Act to prevent and reduce alcohol use among teens and young adults.
The Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP Act) of 2006 was the nation’s first comprehensive legislation on underage drinking. One of the primary components of the Act is the STOP Act grant program, which provides funds to prevent and reduce alcohol use among youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 20. The STOP Act grant program enables organizations to strengthen collaboration and coordination to prevent and reduce in underage drinking in their communities. Grants, issued by SAMHSA, are limited by statute to $50,000 per year for 4 years. In FY 2012, 81 new grants were awarded, and performance data showed that the STOP Act grant program has exceeded targets in 2 of 3 performance measures.
- Almost 72% of coalitions reported a reduction in the past 30-day use of alcohol by people under the age of 21
- 55% of coalitions reported an increase in perceived risk of underage drinking
- 58.2% of coalitions reported an increase in perception of parental disapproval of alcohol use
Another component of the STOP Act is the federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD), which provides high-level leadership from 15 federal agencies to coordinate federal efforts to prevent and reduce underage drinking. In FY 2012, the ICCPUD was reinvigorated with principals meeting from all federal agencies working to prevent underage drinking and the launch of a webinar series featuring common messages with individualized information for the field from each involved federal agency. Each year the ICCPUD updates the Report to Congress to reflect progress on national efforts, new research, and best practices to address underage drinking. The ICCPUD maintains a website, StopAlcoholAbuse.gov, which combines all federal agency efforts. SAMHSA continues to support ICCPUD’s activities.