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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

National Alcohol Awareness Month is an opportunity to refresh your knowledge and increase public awareness of alcohol misuse, underage drinking, and alcohol-related harms. While alcohol remains a leading cause of preventable death in the United States, there is hope - alcohol use among Washington teens has decreased 33 percent over the past 20 years!  According to the 2023 Health Youth Survey, 91 percent of 10th graders in Washington don't drink.

Alcohol labeling: Upcoming opportunities to inform potential content and design

Alcohol beverages do not currently carry the nutritional panel seen on everything from breakfast cereal to frozen vegetables. What information do you think should be included on alcohol labels?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is seeking individuals and groups to provide informational verbal and written comments on the potential content and design of detailed labeling on alcohol beverages.

There are three ways you or your organization can participate, none of which are lobbying

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month is observed every December to educate the public about the risks of driving impaired and encourage drivers to make responsible choices on the road. Impaired driving is often discussed in relation to alcohol but includes operating a vehicle under the influence of any harmful substance, including cannabis, opioids, and other drugs.

New alcohol prevention resource available!

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) recently launched Alcohol and Your Brain, an interactive activity for youth ages 13 and older to learn about alcohol's effects on five areas of the brain.

Funding Announcement - Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP Act)

The Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (NOFO) was recently released. Applications are due by Friday, March 3, 2023.

The anticipated award amount is $60,000 annually for 4 years.  This is an increase of $10,000 per year from previous grant cycles!

Current or former Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program recipients are strongly encouraged to apply.

2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Report released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the results of its annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which shows how people living in America reported about their experience with mental health conditions, substance use, and pursuit of treatment in 2021.

2021 Monitoring the Future Survey outcomes released

The Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan conducts an annual survey completed by students in grades 8, 10 and 12. A subset of that group is tracked through adulthood. Their headline finding of the Monitoring the Future survey this year was that marijuana and hallucinogen use among young adults 19 to 30 years old reached all-time high in 2021. 
Other key findings for young adults from the press release include:

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