Regional Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiatives
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs has been funded by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to conduct an Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative (API) in collaboration with local, regional and statewide partners.
COUNTIES GROUPED BY DBHDD REGION
Ester López, ICPS
North Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (706) 383-8635
Kay Manning, LCSW, MAC, ICPS Associate Director of Prevention/Intervention
Athens-Winder Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (770) 725-1837
Afiya King, MPH, ICPS
Assistant Director of Prevention/Intervention
Atlanta-DeKalb Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (404) 223-2487
Harry Stevenson, ICPS
Southeast Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (912) 568-0064
Carmen L. Caldwell, MPA, M.Div.
Middle Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (770) 584-6310
Gregg G. Raduka, Ph.D., LPC, ICPS Director of Prevention/Intervention
Office: (404) 223-2483
WHY JUST ALCOHOL?
Alcohol kills more kids and young people ages 18-25 than all other drugs combined. Youth ages 9-20 use it more than any other substance. An average of 2,375 people in Georgia die from alcohol-related injuries or illness each year.
Alcohol is the 3rd leading cause of death in Georgia.
THREE MAJOR INITIATIVE GOALS
Reduce the early onset of alcohol use among 9 to 20 year olds (underage youth)
Reduce the access to alcohol and binge drinking among 9 to 20 year olds (underage youth)
Reduce binge drinking and heavy drinking among 18 to 25 year olds
In 2015 underage drinking cost Georgia $1.4 billion.
STRATEGIC PREVENTION FRAMEWORK
AAPI is using the following 5 Steps in order to achieve the above goals via interventions using an environmental strategy.
- Needs Assessment
- Capacity Building (Training and Technical Assistance)
- Strategic Planning
A strategy which focuses on changing aspects of the environment that contribute to the abuse of alcohol. Environmental strategies aim to decrease the social and health consequences of alcohol abuse by limiting access to substances and changing social norms that are accepting and permissive of substance abuse.