Nearly 10 million 12- to 20-year-olds in the United States are underage drinkers. These underage drinkers can generate serious negative consequences for individuals, families, and communities. To address underage drinking, it is crucial to understand the nature and extent of the problem, details from recent research, and evidence-based strategies.
Toward this end, the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking is developing a series of webinars called Preventing Underage Drinking. The first webinar in the series, titled "Introduction and Series Overview," is available for viewing by clicking on the following link: https://www.stopalcoholabuse.gov/webinars/january2013.aspx 
The second webinar in this series, to be held on March 7th and hosted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Dr. Kenneth Warren will provide a brief introduction to the problem of underage drinking, briefly summarizing some of the information from the first webinar. Next, Dr. Aaron White will discuss alcohol’s effects on the developing brain, and present information on the prevalence and biology of blackouts and alcohol poisoning. And to round out the presentations, Dr. Vivian Faden will discuss the contextual factors surrounding youth drinking and the importance of screening youth for alcohol use, risk for use, and alcohol related problems.
Following the presentations, Dr. White and Dr. Faden will engage with participants in a live question-and-answer period.
The third webinar in this series, to be held in April and hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will feature a panel of speakers discussing the “shape of the solution.”
For further information on the Preventing Underage Drinking Webinar series or to register for the March 7th webinar, please click the following link: