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Tackling Teen Drinking in Barron County – A CDC Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Success Story

Teen alcohol use is a serious public health problem nationwide. Even before the 2009 tragedy, community leaders in Barron County, a rural area of 45,000 residents, decided that they had to tackle the problem of underage drinking head-on. In 2008, the county school district used CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) to ask students in grades 6–12 about their alcohol use.

School officials were shocked to learn that drinking levels among the 3,318 students surveyed were well above state and national averages for adults. One-third (33%) of students in grade 12 reported binge drinking (defined as 5 or more drinks for men, or 4 or more drinks for women, in a couple of hours) in the past 30 days. By comparison, 23% of Wisconsin adults and 16% of U.S. adults reported binge drinking.

Learn how the Barron County Department of Health & Human Services partnered with Barron County Safe & Stable Families Coalition to address the problem of underage drinking in their community.

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Organization Name: Barron County Department of Health & Human Services
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Barron Country Department of Health & Human Services

335 East Monroe Avenue
Barron, WI 54812
United States
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Healthy People 2020 overarching goal addressed: 
Attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death.
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