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The Sobering Consequences of Underage Drinking

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Published on Jul 30, 2015

Society treats drinking alcohol as a social activity. Some adults have a drink to unwind after a busy day. Many kids are influenced by this behavior and the alcohol advertisements around them, making them feel they need alcohol to enjoy themselves. However, study after study has shown alcohol and the teenage brain do not mix.

Many coalitions focus on the difficult but attainable goal of reducing rates of underage drinking in their communities. Much of their work is based on science and local data.

Watch this hour-long program, The Sobering Consequences of Underage Drinking, to hear about the latest trends in underage drinking including the science behind the statistics, some of the serious consequences that come from underage and binge drinking, and what we can do about it.

Learn from coalition leaders, government scientists, and law enforcement about how to implement proven strategies in your community. See how one coalition has reduced underage drinking rates by 10% and is working for more.

Hosted By: Mary Elizabeth Elliott, CADCA

Featured Experts:

Sean C. Briscoe, Patrol Sergeant, Sturgis, SD Police Department

Sgt. Sean C. Briscoe began his career with the Sturgis Police Department in 1996 as a reserve officer. He was hired full-time as a patrolman in 2000 and attended the South Dakota Law Enforcement Academy in Pierre, SD. Sgt. Briscoe has had numerous hours of training in advanced DUI detection and apprehension and has received an award from MADD for his efforts in the area of impaired driving. He is also a field training officer for the Sturgis Police Department.

Sgt. Briscoe is actively involved with Actions for the Betterment of the Community (ABC) Coalition. He works as a liaison between the coalition and the police department and facilitates DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols conducted with money received by the coalition.


Bob Brewer, MD, MSPH, Epidemiologist, Lead, Alcohol Program, Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Brewer leads the Alcohol Program in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC.

Prior to assuming his current position in Atlanta, Dr. Brewer worked as the State Chronic Disease Epidemiologist in Nebraska, on assignment through the CDC’s Chronic Disease Field Epidemiology Program; led the CDC’s work on the prevention of alcohol-impaired driving at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control; and served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in North Carolina.

Dr. Brewer has authored and co-authored many publications and reports on excessive alcohol use, particularly binge drinking, and on health and social problems related to it, such as alcohol impaired driving. He has also worked closely with the Guide to Community Preventive Services on reviews of policy strategies for the prevention of excessive alcohol use, and in the development of translation tools to support their implementation into public health practice.

Dr. Brewer is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and School of Public Health, and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine.


Kara Graveman, Executive Director, Action for the Betterment of the Community (ABC) in Sturgis, SD.

Kara Graveman has been the coalition leader for Action for the Betterment of the Community since 2005. She received her Masters of Science degree from South Dakota State University and earned her Prevention Specialist and Licensed Addiction Counselor certificates under the Board of Addiction and Prevention Professionals.

She currently sits on two State of South Dakota Boards, the South Dakota Epidemiological workgroup and State of South Dakota Suicide Task Force.

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