Implementing Community-Level Policies to Prevent Alcohol Misuse (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:   This course looks at the harms of alcohol misuse, which groups are most affected, and how evidence-based community-level policies can create safer communities.  Data is provided for different population groups including age, sex/gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.  Evidence-based  strategies for reducing alcohol misuse are included; policies that focus on reducing alcohol availability in the community have been shown to be some of the most effective.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists.

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Course Reading:  Implementing Community-Level Policies to Prevent Alcohol Misuse; Chapters 1, 2, and 4

Publisher:  SAMHSA

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring alcohol misuse and evidence-based policy.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the ‘prevention paradox.’  Describe which groups are most affected by alcohol misuse.  Identify evidence-based community-level policies for reducing alcohol misuse.

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1: Chapter 1// The 'prevention paradox' supports implementing interventions affecting
2: The United States Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that men limit intake to ___________ drink(s) in a day and women to _____________ drink(s) or less.
3: _____________ people are more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol.
4: Early initiation of alcohol use sets young people up for greater likelihood of harm later in life.
5: In the US, ____________ have historically reported much higher rates of drinking and alcohol misuse.
6: Individuals who identify as _____________ are more likely to use substances, including alcohol.
7: An estimated ____________ of all violent crimes involve alcohol use, including sexual assaults.
8: Lowest past 30-day binge drinking rates are reported among people who identify as
9: In general, people with ____________ socioeconomic status report drinking more frequently and more heavily.
10: People with _____________ socioeconomic status, are, on average, more negatively affected by alcohol-related harms.
11: Chapter 2//  Alcohol consumption and related harms decrease when communities reduce ______________ alcohol can be sold and consumed.
12: The Community Preventive Services Task Force, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration all recommend ___________ the drinking age of 21.
13: Research has shown that alcohol taxes primarily affect the heaviest consumers of alcohol, who tend to be
14: Women, BIPOC populations, and those living in lower socioeconomic status neighborhoods face ______________ exposure to alcohol advertising.
15: Chapter 4//  Chapter 4 highlights three policy case examples.   Which case example instituted a minimum pricing policy on distilled spirits to reduce alcohol misuse?

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 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.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.