UNCG Campus Weekly

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Dr. Terri Shelton

Photo of Dr. Terri SheltonDr. Terri Shelton (Office of Research and Economic Development) received new funding from the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. The funded project is “NC Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative.” While underage drinking continues to be a national and statewide concern, efforts under the Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative have been instrumental in reducing alcohol use before age 13 by 41 percent and a 23 percent reduction in binge drinking from 1998 to 2011. NC now ranks the 45th lowest in 12-20 year old binge drinking and 44th lowest in past 30-day use among underage drinkers. This funding will support the North Carolina Preventing Underage Drinking (NCPUD) Initiative in its efforts to reduce and prevent underage alcohol consumption and the resulting social, health and economic consequences in North Carolina. The abstract notes that short-term outcomes include increasing quality youth participation, enhancing community mobilization efforts to use evidence-based environmental strategies and community/law enforcement partnerships leading to more effective policies and programs. These short-term outcomes will be measured by collecting performance measure data from sub-grant recipients. Long-term outcomes include reductions in youth alcohol consumption. UNCG has partnered with the state of NC on these efforts since 2007.