Preventing Underage Alcohol Use, Part 1: An Overview of Data and Strategies (Webinar Recording)

Preventing Underage Alcohol Use
Part 1: An Overview of Data and Strategies
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Robin LaVallee, MPP

April 28, 2021, 1-2:30 PM EST


This webinar will provide a broad overview of the current state of underage drinking and related prevention efforts. It will include a review of the data on the prevalence of alcohol use and alcohol use patterns, along with data on the adverse effects of underage alcohol use and research on its risk and protective factors. The webinar will also discuss what is known about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on underage alcohol use. Finally, it will provide an overview of Federal underage drinking prevention efforts and the types of evidence-based strategies that prevention professionals can implement.


  • Summarize the data on the state of underage drinking and its consequences
  • Explain the research on risk and protective factors for engaging in underage drinking
  • Explore what is known and unknown about the impact of COVID-19
  • Overview Federal prevention efforts
  • Highlight evidence-based prevention strategies and related resources


Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.
Robin LaValleeRobin A. LaVallee, MPP, is a Senior Research Associate at Carnevale Associates, LLC. She has over a decade of experience applying her expertise in policy research, evaluation, performance measurement, data collection, and analysis in the public health, substance use, and criminal justice arenas. For more than ten years, Ms. LaVallee previously conducted alcohol epidemiology and policy research supporting the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System and National Alcohol Education Program. She currently supports the Office of the Chief Financial Officer's performance management and strategic planning efforts within the Office of Justice Programs.



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