Youth and young adults are particularly vulnerable to alcohol-related consequences, including sexual assault, unplanned sexual activity, sexually transmitted diseases, unintentional injuries, and school and legal problems. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates the cost of underage drinking, including health care, lost productivity, criminal justice, and traffic crash costs, to be $1.8 billion per year in Texas. This amount allocated based on population amounts to an economic burden of $48 million every year for El Paso.
Find the full report here: Underage Drinking in El Paso: A Status Report
As the City of El Paso gets closer to adopting a Social Host Ordinance that will help prevent underage drinking parties, it was exciting to see the landmark report Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health released recently! In addition to the treatment science, there is a lot of info and recommendations about what communities can do to reduce alcohol-related harm. Civil social host ordinances (like El Paso is getting ready to adopt) are specifically recommended; the report says that while the research on this strategy is still emerging, findings currently show that social host ordinances reduce alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes as well as other alcohol-related problems.
Check out the Surgeion General’s Report here: Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
If you are interested in being part of our regional efforts to create healthier environments and reduce alcohol-related harm, please call Holly Mata or Daniela Marquez at 915-532-9622 or email Holly Mata or Daniela Marquez