Applications for minigrants sought for substance abuse prevention programs

November 13, 2014
The Local Prevention Council of Bristol (LPC) is requesting proposals from organizations serving the Bristol community to implement programs or initiatives that prevent or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco products and other drugs. Proposals shall address one of the following prevention strategies: Environmental Change, Education, Information Dissemination, Problem Identification and Referral, and Healthy Alternatives with a message that clearly discourages substance use. Programs may also address other risky behaviors. The LPC mini-grant shall request that applicants demonstrate cultural competence concepts and responsiveness to diverse populations in all activities sponsored under the grant.

A total of $5,400 is available to be awarded. The mini-grant applications, with detailed instructions, are available on the websites of United Way of West Central Connecticut and Bristol Youth Services Department.

To request an application, call Cindy at Bristol Youth Services (860) 314-4690. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2015.

Funding is being made available through the Substance Abuse Action Council.

Application deadline is 12/2/14

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As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse | The Science of Addiction

November 10, 2014

Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. and responsible for one in every 10 deaths. The statistics that describe the ways in which we drink ourselves to death are staggering. A study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease found that nearly 70% of deaths due to excessive drinking involved working-age adults. The study also found that about 5% of the deaths involved people younger than age 21.  Moreover, excessive alcohol use shortened the lives of those who died by about 30 years. Yes, 30 years.

One strong factor that reinforces the popular culture surrounding drinking is the glamour of advertising. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examined alcohol-advertising placements to determine whether the alcohol industry had kept its word to refrain from advertising targeting young people. This included television programs for which more than 30% of the viewing audience is likely to be younger than 21 years, the legal drinking age in every state.

via As Seen on TV: Advertising’s Influence on Alcohol Abuse | The Science of Addiction.

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