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Resources by Topic: Alcohol use

Traffic Safety Facts, 2017 Data: Alcohol-Impaired Driving
Explores national data on traffic crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Compares factors such as road conditions, time of the year, and rural vs. urban roads, among others.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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High Prevalence of Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors among Adolescents in Pohnpei, Micronesia
Reports on a study of secondary school students in Pohnpei state, Federated States of Micronesia, regarding substance use and weight. Compares factors by gender, age group, school type, and grade level. Focuses on alcohol, tobacco, and betel nut use.
Author(s): Delpihn Abraham, Haley L. Cash, A. Mark Durand, et al.
Citation: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 77(11), 283-288
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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Rural Health Opioid Program Funds Care Coordination Efforts for Recovery
Highlights programs funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy that provide opioid treatment and recovery care coordination. An Ohio program uses care coordination in an existing syringe exchange program and county family drug court, a Kentucky program focuses on helping prisoners, and a Montana program reaches new and expectant mothers.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Risk Factors for Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Arkansas
Provides state, region, and county-level data for Arkansas related to substance abuse by youth. Identifies risk factors associated with drug and alcohol abuse, such as the number of arrests, poverty measures, school infractions, and more, as well as associated public health outcomes.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Arkansas Department of Human Services, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, UA Little Rock MidSOUTH Center for Prevention and Training
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Substance Use Among American Indian Youths on Reservations Compared With a National Sample of US Adolescents
Results of a study exploring substance use rates in 570 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades in 31 schools during the 2016-2017 school year. Features statistics comparing reservation-based American Indian youth with U.S. students in general, with breakdowns by type of substance use and previous 30-day prevalence of alcohol and drug use.
Author(s): Randall C. Swaim, Linda R. Stanley
Citation: JAMA Network Open 1(1)
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
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America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 34 measures, as well as two supplemental measures new in 2018: suicide rate and risk of social isolation. Includes a special focus on persistent health disparities and challenges facing rural seniors.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Health Impacts of Alcohol Misuse in Alaska
Report discusses the patterns of use, societal consequences, and rates of mortality, as well as the health impacts of alcohol misuse in Alaska. Provides statistics and data by public health region.
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 20(2)
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2016 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison of Traffic Fatalities
Reports 2016 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data describing fatal motor vehicle crashes. Provides rural versus urban statistics for fatal motor vehicle crashes by time of day, speed, alcohol use, seat belt use, and rollover crashes.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy
Presents a report on the causes, costs, and potential solutions to the drug, alcohol, and suicide crisis in the U.S. Features updated data on opioid deaths in 2015-2016, as well as projected rates of drug, alcohol, and suicide deaths for 2025.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Laura M. Segal, Anne De Biasi, Jennifer L. Mueller, Consultant Kendra May, Molly Warren
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Rural and Urban Substance Use Differences: Effects of the Transition to College
Details a study on the differences in alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use among college students from rural and urban areas. Looks at rates of usage for freshman, sophomores, and juniors enrolled in a large, public university in the Southeastern U.S. Breaks down data by age, gender, and race.
Author(s): Karen J. Derefinko, Zoran Bursac, Michael G. Mejia, Richard Milich, Donald R. Lynam
Citation: The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 44(2), 224-234
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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