Underage Drinking in America (5 Credit Hours)

Program Summary: This course examines underage drinking within a developmental framework.  It considers the influence of individual characteristics, social systems, and human development on an adolescent’s decision to drink.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.


US Department of Health and Human Services

Public Health Service

Office of Surgeon General

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Program Objectives: To enhance professional values, practice, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to underage drinking in America.

Learning Objectives: Describe the effects of alcohol use on adolescent development.  Identify the multiple factors that influence an adolescent’s decision to use alcohol.  Identify prevention and reduction efforts.

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1: By age 15, approximately _______ of boys and girls have had a whole drink of alcohol.
2: The highest prevalence of alcohol dependence is among people ages
3: According to data from the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), what percentage of youth ages 12-17 meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse or dependence (SAMHSA 2006)?
4: Which is the most widely used substance of abuse among America's youth?
5: Nearly ________ of youth begin drinking before age 13 (Grunbaum, et al. 2004).
6: The peak years of alcohol initiation are _____________ (Faden 2006).
7: Which of the following statements is true?
8: When comparing boys and girls, boys
9: Which racial/ethnic subgroup tends to drink the most (SAMHSA 2006)?
10: In many European countries, a significant proportion of young people ages 15-16 report binge drinking.
11: Annually, about __________ people under age 21 die from alcohol-related injuries involving underage drinking.
12: Underage drinking
13: Studies consistently indicate that about _______ of college students drink alcohol.
14: Children of alcoholics are especially vulnerable to alcohol use disorders due to
15: New research indicates that the brain continues to develop into the ___________ (Giedd 2004).
16: Which part of the adolescent brain matures earlier?
17: The emotional and physical energy that is characteristic of adolescence can be channeled into __________ (Dahl and Hariri 2004).
18: Studies show that adolescents who spend more time with peers who consume alcohol are more likely to drink.
19: Research shows a link between stress and alcohol consumption.
20: Children in general shift from a primary emphasis on the negative or adverse effects of drinking alcohol to a primary emphasis on the positive and arousing effects of alcohol by about what age (Dunn and Goldman 1996, 1998)?
21: Research shows that adolescents who are heavy alcohol users or have alcohol use disorders often exhibit certain personality traits, including
22: Children from families of alcoholics are at increased risk for alcohol dependence throughout their lives.  Research has firmly established that
23: Animal research indicates that adolescents in general are ____________  sensitive than adults to some of the aversive effects of acute alcohol intoxication, such as sedation, hangover, and ataxia.
24: When comparing adolescents and adults, adolescents
25: Early alcohol use may have detrimental effects on the developing brain (Brown and Tapert 2004).
26: The developmental approach to prevention and reduction of underage drinking recognizes the importance of
27: The term 'scaffolding' in this paper refers to
28: Ideally, effective scaffolding should be
29: Based on their responses to a survey conducted in 2004, approximately __________ of American youth ages 12-20 met criteria for AUDs and/or received treatment at a specialty facility for an alcohol problem.
30: All pediatricians are legally required to systematically screen adolescent patients for substance abuse.
31: Criteria used to diagnose AUDs in adolescents were derived largely from clinical and research experience with __________ (Chung et al. 2005).
32: The Call to Action is based on several overarching principles, including all of the following EXCEPT:
33: Alcohol use is often regarded as a rite of passage for youth in the United States.
34: Adolescents generally obtain alcohol from
35: Changing the culture around drinking is the responsibility of
36: The developmental approach to understanding underage alcohol use makes it clear that
37: Monitoring by parents and caregivers is associated with _________ outcomes around adolescent alcohol use.
38: Which of the following is not considered a potential risk factor for alcohol use?
39: Parents and other caregivers should initiate and sustain with their adolescent an ongoing dialog about alcohol, as with other risky behaviors.
40: The early part of freshman year is a time of _______ risk for alcohol use.
41: Scare tactics have been shown to be an _________ strategy when trying to decrease adolescent alcohol use.
42: In an effort to reduce risk factors for underage drinking, colleges should consider ______________ Friday classes.
43: The 'cost' of underage drinking refers to
44: Research indicates that raising the cost of drinking can _____________ affect adolescent decisions about alcohol use.
45: Additional free time would be a possible unintended outcome for which school sanction?
46: Underage alcohol use is a complex phenomenon and involves

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 5 continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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