applauds Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Bob Casey
(D-PA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), for introducing the Sober Truth on
Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act Re-authorization, legislation
designed to prevent underage drinking. The re-authorization builds upon
the success of the original STOP ACT, whichwas passed by Congress in
2006. The bill will continue federal government efforts to combat
underage drinking and increase prevention activities in states and local
communities, including college campuses. It would also continue public
service media campaigns to increase adult awareness of the threat
alcohol poses to their children, as well as increase research and data
collection done at the federal level on adolescent alcohol use and brain
The bill comes just as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and
the University of Michigan released the results of the 2010 Monitoring
the Future (MTF) Survey, the largest national survey on youth drug and
alcohol use. The MTF Survey showed that alcohol use has continued to
decline among high school seniors with past year use falling from 43.5
percent to 41.2 percent and alcohol binge drinking declining from 25.2
percent to 23.2 percent.
"We are thrilled that Senators Dodd, Lautenberg, Casey and Merkley
introduced the STOP Act re-authorization bill, which would authorize
additional funding for communities to enhance their underage drinking
prevention efforts. The only bright spot in the 2010 Monitoring the
Future Survey released yesterday was the decline in youth alcohol use,
including binge drinking, which is proof that the STOP Act is helping to
make a difference. I urge Congress to pass this bill so we can continue
to curb underage drinking in communities across the country" said Gen.
Arthur T. Dean, CADCA Chairman and CEO.
"Each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a
result of underage drinking and underage drinking contributes to the
four leading causes of deaths among 15 to 20 year-olds," said Senator
Dodd. "The Stop Act has made great strides to combat underage drinking
nationwide but we must continue to build upon these successes to ensure
more communities are better equipped to prevent underage drinking."
"The STOP Act is helping put the brakes on underage drinking. It is a
program that has helped reduce the number of high school students who
drink, and it is a program that deserves our continued support," said
Senator Lautenberg, who authored the law that changed the legal drinking
age to 21.
"The success of the original STOP Act speaks for itself," said Senator
Casey. "Our children and teens deserve our continued commitment to the
programs in the STOP Act that reduce and prevent underage drinking. Even
one death due to underage drinking is too many. I am dedicated to
working with my colleagues to pass the re-authorization of the STOP Act."
"Too many families are torn apart as a result of youth drinking. By
partnering with proven community organizations, the federal government
can help reduce senseless deaths. The STOP Act has already helped Oregon
programs that reduce youth alcohol use. This legislation will make sure
the program continues," said Senator Merkley.
A companion bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives
earlier this year in September by Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard
(D-CA), Zach Wamp (R-TN), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), and Frank Wolf (R-VA).