Preventing Underage Alcohol Use, Part 1: Identifying and Understanding the Data (Webinar Recording - April 2022)

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Preventing Underage Alcohol Use    (April 2022 Series)
Part 1: Identifying and Understanding the Data
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Emily Patton, MSc, PgDip

April 6, 2022, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


This webinar will provide a broad overview of the current state of underage drinking and related prevention efforts. It will begin with a review of the most common data sources on underage alcohol consumption and discuss opportunities to improve and expand data collection. The webinar will summarize the most recent data on alcohol use prevalence and patterns, as well as the consequences of use. It will also discuss the research on risk and protective factors for use, including what is known about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, it will provide a discussion on how the social determinants of health impact underage alcohol use rates.


  • Examine how prevention science can be described and provide a shared definition
  • Understand the research and theories behind prevention science
  • Review how prevention science is applied to substance use prevention and its impact
  • Discuss some of the challenges to incorporating prevention science and provide a research agenda for expanding future efforts


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.
Emily Patton, MSEmily Patton, MSc, PgDip holds a Masters of Science in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology from Swansea University and a Postgraduate Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Edinburgh. She offers significant professional experience in the fields of public policy development and analysis, criminal justice research, data collection and analysis, program development, and performance management.


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