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

Region 1

Cherokee

Gordon

Floyd

Region 2

Barrow

Clarke

Region 3

DeKalb

Fulton

Region 5

Candler

Evans

Montgomery

Treutlen

Wheeler

Region 6

Henry

Pike

Spalding

Region 1

Ester López, ICPS
Project Director
North Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (706) 383-8635

Region 2

Kay Manning, LCSW, MAC, ICPS Associate Director of Prevention/Intervention
Athens-Winder Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (770) 725-1837

Region 3

Afiya King, MPH, ICPS
Assistant Director of Prevention/Intervention
Atlanta-DeKalb Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (404) 223-2487

Region 5

Harry Stevenson, ICPS
Project Director
Southeast Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (912) 568-0064

Region 6

Carmen L. Caldwell, MPA, M.Div. Project Director
Middle Georgia Alcohol Abuse Prevention Initiative
Office: (770) 584-6310

Dr. Gregg Raduka

Administration

Gregg G. Raduka, Ph.D., LPC, ICPS Director of Prevention/Intervention
Office: (404) 223-2483
 

WHY JUST ALCOHOL?

2,375

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

1

Reduce the early onset of alcohol use among 9 to 20 year olds (underage youth)

2

Reduce the access to alcohol and binge drinking among 9 to 20 year olds (underage youth)

3

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.

  1. Needs Assessment
  2. Capacity Building (Training and Technical Assistance)
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Implementation
  5. Evaluation

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.