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Alcohol use by underage drinkers is a persistent public health problem in the United States and alcohol is the most commonly used drug among adolescents Accordingly numerous approaches have been developed and studied that aim to prevent underage drinking Some approaches are school based involving curricula targeted at preventing alcohol tobacco or marijuana use Other approaches are extracurricular offering activities outside of school in the form of social or life skills training or alternative activities Other strategies strive to involve the adolescents families in the prevention programs Policy strategies also have been implemented that have increased the minimum legal drinking age reduced the commercial and social access of adolescents to alcohol and reduced the economic availability of alcohol Approaches involving the entire community also have been employed Several programs eg the Midwestern Prevention Project and Project Northland have combined many of these strategies KEY WORDS underage drinking prevention strategy school-based prevention curriculum prevention through alternative activities skills building family focused prevention alcohol or other drug AOD public policy strategy minimum drinking age availability or accessibility to minors community-based prevention Underage drinking is a persistent public health problem in the United States Alcohol use initiation rates for children rise quickly from age 10 up to about age 13 when they reach more than 50 percent Subsequently initiation rates begin to slow again Kosterman et al 2000 Moreover alcohol is the most commonly used drug among adolescents For example among eighth-grade students who are ages 13 to 14 surveyed in the 1999 national representative sample of the Monitoring the Future study 52 percent reported having consumed alcohol in their lifetime and 25 percent reported having been drunk in their lifetime In addition 24 percent of the eighth graders reported having used alcohol in the past month and 9 percent reported having been drunk in the past month Johnston et al 2000 These rates are higher than those for use of tobacco or any illegal drug Johnston et
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