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Monday, May 17, 2010

NCCPUD'S New Website!!!

We have launched NCCPUD's new website.  This is the first blog post.  Keep up with this blog, as we will post updates, information, other items to the NCCPUD blog. 

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Underage alcohol use is more likely to kill young people than illegal drugs.  Underage drinking poses a high risk to both the individual and society at large.  Alcohol-related traffic crashes is greater for drivers 16 to 20 than for drivers 21 and older.  Adolescents vulnerability to alcohol-induced brain damage could contribute to poor performance at school or work.  Research has also associated adolescent alcohol use with high-risk sex particularly leading to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

To respond to the challenges of underage drinking in the District of Columbia, since 1997, NCCPUD has been  implementing a youth-oriented intervention that is aimed at reducing underage drinking.  NCCPUD’s approach is to first influence the youth educator’s attitude towards alcohol consumption through self-discovery and self-empowerment.  Secondly, by creating a group of peers who share the same attitudes thus form the basis for the youth educator’s social norms.  Once these youth adopt a positive self-perception and healthy behaviors, they can then serve as role models to their peers, and thus, affecting their decision about underage drinking and healthy behavior. 

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NCCPUD Youth Advocates