ERIC Number: ED426123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Preventing Alcohol Problems among Young People: Californians Support Key Public Policies. Growing Up Well. Focus on Prevention.
Mosher, James F.
This report, fourth in a series of eight, highlights the views of Californians about policies local communities and the state can establish to reduce the potential for alcohol problems among young people. In the California Center for Health Improvement (CCHI) "Children and Youth Survey," 51% of the adults surveyed said that they were very worried about teen substance abuse, including the abuse of alcohol. When asked about specific policy measures intended to reduce alcohol problems among young people, 78% of the adults believe that alcoholic beverage promotions to minors should be prohibited. Such promotions include advertising paraphernalia. Adults (77%) also agree that billboard advertising should be restricted in residential areas and near schools. Californians also overwhelmingly support expanding local government authority to include the power to suspend or revoke a liquor store's license if the store repeatedly sells alcohol to minors. Eighty-nine percent of adults (and 96% of registered voters) expressed agreement with this policy. A concrete measure of the public's concern that alcohol and drug problems pose a serious threat to the health and safety of young people is provided by the public's expressed willingness to pay more in taxes to address these problems. Seventy-five percent of adults surveyed said they would be somewhat willing to pay more in taxes to make better services available through substance abuse programs. Furthermore, Californians expressed high levels of support for increases in the state beer excise tax to fund services for children and families. Policy recommendations are made based on these survey findings. (Contains 6 tables and 18 references.)(SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Wellness Foundation.
Authoring Institution: California Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California