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photo of SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Engagement) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services for the project “NC Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative.” The project is supported by funds from the DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  

Despite reductions, underage use of alcohol is still prevalent in North Carolina. Based on the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey (2015), 29.2 percent of middle and high school students drank alcohol in the past 30 days and 13.9 percent of High School students binge drank in the past 30 days. This contract will support the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative in its efforts to prevent underage alcohol consumption and the resulting social, health and economic consequences, including development of innovative strategies. This continuing effort is designed to further support and develop Community Collaboratives working to implement environmental management strategies that prevent underage drinking, and create a sustainable movement to stop practices that make underage drinking both easy and acceptable.

Activities will include, but not be limited to, community mobilization and law enforcement partnership efforts such as: alcohol purchase surveys, merchant education, responsible seller/server training, sobriety checkpoints, media advocacy, youth empowerment and policy advocacy. Short-term outcomes include increasing quality youth participation, enhancing community mobilization efforts and community/law enforcement partnerships; these short-term outcomes will be measured by collecting performance measure data from grant recipients. Long-term outcomes include reductions in youth alcohol consumption (current use, binge drinking, age of onset) and will be tracked using the North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey and local data, if available.

Shelton is vice chancellor for research and engagement.

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